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The FAO project Rehabilitation and sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture affected by the tsunami in Aceh Province, Indonesia (TRP-06-16 : OSRO/INS/601/ARC), funded by American Red Cross (ARC), was aimed at bridging the post-tsunami recovery phase in the Aceh fisheries sector to one of longer term development. It aspired to promote a more sustainable future management and utilization of fisheries resources, and to do this mainly through capacity building - of a wide range of stakeholders from fishers to government planners.

The project’s initiation came during an important juncture in the transition in post-tsunami recovery assistance in Aceh. With the humanitarian phase of post-disaster activities approaching completion, the project focused on the longer-term development needs of the fisheries sector. The project was implemented in close partnership with the provincial and district levels of the Marine and Fisheries Service (DKP) and in consultation with Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and was designed with substantial stakeholder consultation. Four interrelated components had the following objectives:

  • Coordination and Planning: render rehabilitation and development activities in fisheries and aquaculture in Aceh Province more efficient, sustainable and technically appropriate through improved coordination and planning;
  • Fisheries co-management: introduce sustainable management practices for coastal fisheries in Aceh Province;
  • Aquaculture: improve the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of the aquaculture sector in Aceh Province; and
  • Post-harvest and Marketing: enhance the sustainable utilization of fish catches and production by the post-harvest and marketing sector.

The fish distribution and marketing network was already suffering from lack of investment and upgrading pre-tsunami, and was also badly damaged by the disaster, together with many livelihoods based on post-harvest activities. Our role was to work with local counterpart to support the development and uptake of policy guidelines for the sustainable development of the sector and at the same time develop the knowledge and skills of government, project partners and the private sector in sustainable best practices. Key achievements were the:

  • Development of the research and planning capacities of District governments and incorporation of better practices into development plans;
  • Establishment of successful SME fish processing and trading businesses;
  • Improvement of fish landing centre facilities as well as the capacity of fishermen and traders in better fish handling;
  • Consumer awareness campaign of fish quality and hygiene;
  • Improved recognition and policy support for sector
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