Sustainable Fisheries

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Worldwide, small-scale coastal fisheries contribute significantly to providing food, employment, and incomes to many very poor people. But these same fisheries, and the ecosystems upon which they rely, are under increasing threat from a combination of climate change, pollution, over-fishing, and the exploitation of resources.


Fisheries management has been a major component in trying to address some of these issues, but with limited global success. The potential of fisheries, if managed well, is considerable but what form that potential will take will depend on how and why fisheries are managed.


This collection of reports and presentations explores just this question, describing some of the challenges faced by small-scale fisheries worldwide and their efforts to address these challenges and improve the health and well-being of the people who are dependent on these threatened environments.


The collection brings together the "grey literature" of the field, valuable work that is not readily available through academic journals and databases but is instead spread across dozens of organizational websites. This set of reports was initially identified as part of a synthesis review of key lessons commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation's Program on Oceans and Fisheries. We are pleased to make it more easily available for others to use and build on and encourage researchers and practitioners to add relevant work to the collection.

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Monies for Marine Conservation: A White Paper Examining New Funding Sources for Oceans and Coasts

April 27, 2012

Orissa is one of DFID India's partner states, in which DFID is committed to working with government and civil society towards poverty elimination. In October 1999 a super cyclone hit the Orissa coast causing extensive loss of life and severe damage to the natural and physical environment and to the livelihoods of many thousands of people. DFID's initial response was to give immediate relief support through its Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department in London. Given DFID India's partnership with the state it was decided that DFID India should follow up with rehabilitation support, through government and non-government agencies. Following 2 years of recovery and regeneration efforts, in 2001 IMM lead a team to undertake a study which aimed to draw out the practical lessons for DFID from the events of and after the 1999 Orissa cyclone, in particular DFID's response, using the livelihoods framework as an analytical tool and contributing to its development as an approach. The study was implemented in two phases using a process approach. The first phase of the study was a scoping study: To understand the potential extent of the study; To develop a methodology for phase 2; To begin to develop a framework for cyclone analysis which would guide the main section of the study, and to discuss the phase 1 findings with DFI.