Project 4: Understanding the factors determining livelihoods for poor coastal people and facilitate the application of ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)

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Core problem: Improving the well-being of people in the coastal zone will involve asking some sectors to forego activities (e.g. excessive and destructive fishing) that jeopardize the ability of others to earn a living, and then creating/introducing alternative livelihoods. Projects 5 and 6 outline the measures that will restructure the use of resources in the coastal zone so that they can eventually support more people. However, none of these measures will be effective unless there is a thorough understanding of the demographic trends, consumption patterns, market forces, cultural norms and access to essential infrastructure that shape alternative and supplementary livelihoods to fishing. Annex E provides details of this component.

Main Activities

  • Preparation of socio-economic profiles for the coastal/fishing communities in the project areas including a livelihood analysis of the people living in these areas.
  • Analysis of the factors limiting and promoting livelihoods in all coastal sectors particularly fisheries and aquaculture.

Key outputs

  • Socio-economic profiles of coastal/fishing communities and analyses of the means by which they limit or promote livelihood opportunities, especially those based on aquatic resources.
  • Increased knowledge on livelihoods of people living in coastal areas, with an emphasis on poor people and those dependent on aquatic resources.

Milestones

Year 1:

  • Socio-economic profiles for the coastal/fishing communities in the project areas including a livelihood analysis of the people living in these areas.

Year 2:

  • Analysis of the factors limiting and promoting livelihoods in all coastal sectors particularly fisheries and aquaculture (in conjunction with Project 6).

Expected impacts

  • Development of sustainable livelihood options that fits the socio-economic conditions typical of coastal communities.

Project Leader

  • Dr. Ernesto O. Brown ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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