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Strengthening Local Partnerships for Integrated Coastal Resource Management and Sustainable Livelihood Development


This project is a part of the the larger Convenio Program of the Agencia Espanola Cooperacion Internacional para Desarrollo (AECID) in Asia. The AECID is the official agency of the Spanish government in promoting international development and cooperation among nations, particularly in extebnding humanitarian assistance to developing countries. The whole program, simply known as Convenio 07-CO1-032, currently implements development interventions in Vietnam, Philippines, and Cambodia that aim to contribute to biodiversity conservation and enhancement, and promote livelihood sustainability of vulnerable rural populations who are dependent on natural resources and situated in highly sensitive ecological areas. This is a four year program that also supports the provision of basic services to vulnerable communities.

In the Philippines, the AECID collaborates with four local non-government organizations namely, the Institute of Social Order (ISO), Center for Empowerment and Resource Development (CERD), Coastal Core, and ALTERDEV. The AECID is represented in the Philippines by its Spanish NGO partner Instituto para Promoción y Apoyo al Desarrollo (Fundacion IPADE).

The ISO currently implements Action 2 of the Convenio Program centering on three objectives namely Income, Services, and Capacity. This project is currently being implemented in San Miguel Bay of the Provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, however special attention is given to the coastal municipalities of Cabusao and Siruma in Camarines Sur.

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Goals and Objectives

This project aims to seek the following goals:

(1) To alleviate poverty and improve the living conditions of rural populations particularly the fisherfolks; and,

(2) To promote biodiversity conservation through community-based natural resources management (CB-NRM).

Meanwhile, it aims to meet the following objectives:

(1) Income, which aims to provide sustainable and environment friendly income generating activities to its local partners;

(2) Services, which provide basic services particularly on facilitating access to potable water and sanitation; and,

(3) Capacity Building, which aims to improve the people’s access and control of natural resources by improving their skills and capacities in management and organization.

Income (Livelihood Development)

The project provides sustainable and environment- friendly income generating alternatives to partner Fisherfolk Organizations (FOs) in the project areas. The projects being implemented include mudcrab projects in Cabusao, and wholesale and retail stores in both Cabusao and Siruma. Also, a Livelihood Revolving Fund system is being implemented in both areas to fund individual small-scale projects of partner beneficiaries.

Basic Services

This aims to improve access to basic services such as potable water, solid waste management and sanitation. Making these basic social services accessible hopes to improve the health and well being of coastal communities via the reduction of water-borne diseases and provision of clean potable water. Activities for this component include the establishment of water and sanitation facilities, re-vitalizing barangay water associaiotns, as well as conducting information and education campaigns.

Capacity Building (Institution Building)

This component aims to enhance the capacities of the local community in Community-Based Coastal Resource Management (CB-CRM). This is applied to three tiers, namely: 1) Baywide, through the Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (IFARMC) of San Miguel Bay; 2) Municipal–wide through the Municipal FARMCs (MFARMCs) of Siruma and Cabusao in Camarines Sur; and, 3) Grassroots-level through the Local Fishers Organizations.

More specifically, the activities include: 1) organizational strengthening, 2) capacity building through training and advocacy, and 3) establishment of environmental protection mechanisms such as fish sanctuaries, mangrove reforestation and deputation of fish wardens.

Local Partners

Area People's Organizations

Cabusao, Camarines Sur

* Cabusao Fisheries Association (CFA) _members

Siruma, Camarines Sur

* Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Matandang Siruma = 42 members

* Penitan Fishery Association = 28 members

* Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Vito (Vito Fisher’s Association) = 28 members

* Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Butawanan (BFA) = 31 members


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