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Project title:

‘Baseline survey of coastal communities in Rakhine State and Tanintharyi Region’




05 – 08 2015


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 
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