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Project Name
Developing Organisational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries (StewardFish)

Project Overview
The StewardFish project aims to empower fisherfolk throughout fisheries value chains to engage in resource management, decision making processes and sustainable livelihoods with strengthened institutional support at all levels.

Four core project components
  1. Developing organisational capacity for fisheries governance
  2. Enhancing ecosystem stewardship for fisheries sustainability
  3. Securing sustainable livelihoods for food and nutrition security
  4. Project management, monitoring and evaluation and communication

The Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) will implement some activities under components 1, 2 and 4 of the StewardFish project in partnership with other organisations participating in the StewardFish project. Click here to download the project flyer.
 

COMPONENT 1
Developing organisational capacity for fisheries governance

Outcome: Fisherfolk have improved their organisation capacity to meet objectives that enhance well-being.

Activities:-

  1. Capacity building in leadership and the development of the leadership institute
  2. National workshops to improve NFO engagement in fisheries polices
  3. Investigate capacity gaps of men, women and youth in relation to fisherfolk leadership.
   
COMPONENT 2
Enhancing ecosystem stewardship for fisheries sustainability

Outcome: Increased participatory Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) application with focus on healthier habitats and pollution reduction

Activities:-
  1. Improve fisherfolk practices by: training fisherfolk in specific EAF-based plans;providing gear; and technology
  2. Adapt and implement local codes of conduct for fisherfolk organisation using international guidelines
  3. Increase public awareness of EAF practices
   
COMPONENT 4
Project management, monitoring and evaluation and communication

Outcome: Good governance and learning for adaptation institutionalised among fisherfolk organisations

Activities:-
  1. Hold quarterly meetings of National Intersectoral Co-ordinating mechanisms (NICs) to share the participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) findings regionally
  2. Integrate lessons learnt into best practice guidelines.

Participating countries

Regional Partners
 
Funding
The StewardFish project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and executed by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI-CERMES), Caribbean ICT Research Programme (UWI-CIRP), Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC) and Fisheries Division(s) of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
 
 

Project duration
May 2018 to April 2021
Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies
Telephone: (246) 417-4316 Email: cermes@cavehill.uwi.edu