Recent Projects - involving members of FHRC Bangladesh link programme

Understanding livelihoods dependent on inland fisheries in Bangladesh and South East Asia (FMSP, R8118)

The Department for International Development (DFID), on whose behalf the Marine Resources Assessment Group (MRAG) managed the Fisheries Management and Science Programme (FMSP) supported this project. The project characterized the poor, identified their dependence upon aquatic resources, described the nature and status of those resources, and emphasized the vulnerability of the poor to loss or mismanagement of these resources. Constraints and possible research priorities were identified through consultations with poor people, other aquatic resource users, and various organizations (secondary stakeholders). The project covered Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. The project helped fill information gaps and identified critical research problems and how they relate to the poor. Data generated made it possible to evaluate the impacts of potential research and interventions on different categories of the poor, their access to benefits, and any livelihood related risks. Duration: 2002-2003. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Fisheries data collection and sharing mechanisms for (co-) management (FMSP, R8285)

With an emphasis upon participatory research involving key stakeholders at all levels of management, the purpose of the project was to identify, develop and evaluate participatory data collection and sharing mechanisms (systems) to improve the (co-) management of capture and enhancement fishery resources important to the livelihoods of the poor.
The project was designed with a strong emphasis upon participatory research activities, collaborating with stakeholders and institutions from all management and advisory levels, including DFID bilateral projects and programmes. This helped build knowledge and capacity whilst ensuring that the project outputs were demand-driven, thereby maximising the likelihood of their uptake by target institutions. The project was multi-country, FHRC Bangladesh staff undertook case studies in Bangladesh and helped develop the guidelines. Duration: 2003-2005. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Evaluation and Uptake Promotion of Data Collection Guidelines for Co-managed Fisheries (FMSP, R8462)

Information and relevant data are vital to be able to make informed choices and decisions concerning the management of natural resources. With the shift towards fisheries co-management there is a need for managers to reconsider their information requirements based on new co-management structures and stakeholder roles and responsibilities. Data collection systems must be designed to support the diverse needs of a range of potential stakeholders according to their objectives, capacity, and available resources.
In order to meet the growing need for simple guidance to develop data collection systems to support co-management, a set of guidelines have been developed and tested in collaboration with a wide range of institutions and stakeholders from a number of developing countries. These guidelines help fisheries co-managers design and implement appropriate and cost-effective systems to deliver their data and information needs. FHRC Bangladesh staff working with Department of Fisheries piloted these guidelines with the community organizations in five sites of the Fourth Fisheries Project in Bangladesh. Duration: 2005-2006. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)



The effectiveness of the PAPD method: A comparison of community organisation experience in the CBFM-2 project (NRSP, PD131)

This study determined whether there was evidence from the Community Based Fisheries Management Project (CBFM2) in Bangladesh that the use of the Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD) consensus building method (CBM) resulted in differential outcomes or impacts for the poor at the household or community level than alternative CBMs. Participatory assessments and four case studies were used to gain an understanding of the processes involved and reasons for the predominantly beneficial differences between PAPD and other methods. The study was led by Parvin Sultana. Key findings  (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


NRSP impact assessment case studies - PU Node: suite 1 'Pilot NR management strategies' (NRSP, PD138)

This study identified and assessed the current and potential developmental impacts, focusing on livelihoods, poverty and economic impacts, of NRSP’s research in the peri-urban interface, particularly for the poor, in Hubli-Dharwad, India and Kumasi, Ghana. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Methods for consensus building for management of common property resources (NRSP, R7562)

This project developed and promoted methods for community participation in integrated sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic floodplain resources. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Integrated floodplain management - institutional environments and participatory methods (NRSP, R8195)

This project was aimed at equipping managers in target institutions with the information and tools to identify institutional arrangements for integrated floodplain management (IFM) that are sustainable, equitable, efficient and effective. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Better options for integrated floodplain management - uptake promotion (R8306)

This project aimed to maximise joint benefits from fish and crops through the adoption of an improved integrated floodplain management (IFM) strategy. This was accomplished by the adaptive testing of IFM options already developed in an earlier NRSP research project, R7868, assessing the impacts and communicating relevant IFM messages to wide audiences. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)


Promotion of sustainable institutions for integrated floodplain management (R8495)

This project aimed to promote improved institutional arrangements to achieve sustainable integrated floodplain management in Bangladesh, through the synthesis of findings from relevant projects. (Click here fore more information and download project documents)

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