Building Sustainable Action for Fisher Folks’ Enhanced Livelihoods towards Resiliency

Developing the capacity of fisher folks to diversify their livelihoods is critical to enable the affected fishing communities to recover and become more resilient in the face of future disasters.

Background

The project addresses the increased vulnerabilities of 15 coastal barangays ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Contributing to the inherent vulnerability of island and fishing communities, as well as the high poverty incidence in the fishing sector, are the damaged and/or lost primary livelihood assets, lack of supplemental livelihood/ income sources and the limited adaptive capacity of coastal communities to climate related changes. The lack of localized updated weather and climate related information and plans further lessen the capacity of the communities to respond to the ever changing needs of the coastal and fishing communities.

Objectives

  • Disaster-affected people from Bantayan Island and Daanbantayan increase their livelihood diversification to improve resilience to shocks and stresses.
  • Targeted communities increase their current productivity so they’re more resilient and less vulnerable.
  • The target families, who live in coastal communities, are highly dependent on fishing to make a living. Most of these coastal communities are poor; the fisher folks are considered to be the poorest demographics in the country.

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