The objective was to achieve an improved management of inshore coastal fishery resources through a co-management approach between local fishery communities and Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.
The main purpose of the present assignment was to collect additional base-line information from a number of coastal communities to verify if they are suitable as pilot communities for the coming support programme.
The study covered 5 communities in the Rakhine State and 6 in the Thanintharyi Province.
The thematic issues which has been covered in the baseline study included the following:
- Community institutions, governance and community right,
- Village wealth ranking, village income and assets,
- Livelihood options (also beyond fisheries);
- Environmental issues, DRR and Ethnicity,
- Social structure, Power relations and Potential conflicts,
- Qualitative data on fish catch volume, fishing gear, species,
- Regulatory Environment and its impact on fishing communities,
- Private sector activities on community level; trade processes, value chains,
- Qualifications skills, need of training / skills development
- Information divided on men/women / ethnicity and religions