COASTAL & MARINE GOVERNANCE AND LIVELIHOODS
The Caribbean is, by definition, a coastal region, a region where coastal resource management is critical to sustainable human development. Yet the links between coastal management, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction are currently weak and the value in building resilience to climate change and other risks is under-appreciated. Valuable marine resources in the Caribbean Sea are shared and collaboration on management is essential but difficult. Participatory approaches to governance of coastal and marine resources can help to optimise contribution to livelihoods and quality of life while ensuring continued delivery of goods and services and conservation of biodiversity.
Improved livelihoods and reduced levels of poverty through participatory institutions for coastal and marine resources governance that facilitate conservation, wise use and the equitable distribution of ecological goods and services that are critical to development.
To improve livelihoods and contribute to poverty reduction by promoting and facilitating sustainable use and governance of coastal and marine resources, building effective institutions and facilitating collaboration between key stakeholders, through participatory research, capacity building, and communication of lessons learned.
- To conduct research that contributes to building effective, collaborative coastal and marine resources governance institutions, through a better understanding of:
- approaches to participatory coastal and marine resources governance that work well in Caribbean islands
- how to effectively build and maintain institutions and collaboration among key stakeholders;
- how participatory approaches to coastal and marine resources governance can contribute to equity, livelihoods and conservation of coastal and marine resources and under what circumstances;
- how participatory processes can equitably address the sometimes competing demands of conservation and livelihoods, particularly of the most disadvantaged.
To enhance capacity for effective, collaborative participatory coastal and marine resources governance in the Caribbean, at regional, national and local levels through:
- workshops, engaging stakeholders in action research and learning, small grants, technical assistance and facilitation of organisational and institutional development processes (including mentoring and peer support), and exchange visits;
- demonstration and application of research lessons at local, national and regional levels;
- wide dissemination of research findings in formats that are relevant and accessible to all key stakeholders and provide tangible guidance for policy and action.
Priority programme results 2011-2016:
- Built capacity of local, national and regional fisherfolk networks to participate in fisheries governance
- Built capacity of coastal and marine management authorities in participatory approaches essential in the Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management
- Participatory coastal and marine management planning and policy development processes promoted and facilitated, including for Marine Protected Areas
- Enhanced understanding of the conditions for optimising the contribution of Marine Protected Areas to livelihoods
- Enhanced understanding of institutional arrangements outside of Marine Protected Areas that can provide conservation and livelihood benefits
- Participatory coastal and marine resources governance approaches mainstreamed in national and regional policies and plans
- National and regional policies and plans for coastal and marine resources governance address the development of sustainable livelihoods and well-being for coastal communities
Recent and current projects