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CRC works in some of the least developed countries in East and West Africa — Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and The Gambia. In these countries, we have a variety of projects that support coastal communities and their inhabitants who rely on healthy coastal and marine resources for income, food and trade. We are working to strengthen the capacity of governance at the local, regional and national levels to develop workable solutions to specific threats and challenges such as food security, overfishing, mangrove deforestation, deterioration in water quality from coastal development and climate change impacts. Our programs on participatory, ecosystem-based fisheries co-management, climate change adaptation, livelihoods development, gender equity and the linkages between population, health and environment are all helping to build the capacity of coastal communities and national governments to sustainably manage critical coastal ecosystems.


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  • Small Pelagic Fisheries Profile: Preliminary Analysis of Regional Results Lazar N., Asare C., Nortey D. D. N., Kankam S., & Agbogah K. 1 January 2015

    This report is the preliminary result of regional analyses for the small pelagic fisheries profile under the USAID-funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) in Ghana. The overall objectives of the small pelagic fisheries profile are to guide fishery management strategies, potential fisheries capacity control and reduction plans, economic development initiatives (post-harvest), infrastructure investments and community and marine fisheries spatial planning and support Fisheries Commission with updated information on both fishermen and fish processors.

  • Vulnerability Assessment for Axim Fish Landing Site, Nzema East District Adams, O., Kankam, S., Owusu Donkor, P. 1 June 2016

    This assessment focuses on investigating the vulnerability of fish processing infrastructure in Axim to the impacts of flooding and evolving sea level rise as a result of climate change. In addition, economic impacts of flooding and evolving sea level rise on fishing households and infrastructure are also assessed. The assessment takes into account the overall planning context in the Nzema East Municipal Assembly and how this influences decisions and choices for building coastal resilience.

  • Stakeholder Participation and Social Network Baseline and Year 2 Report Asare, M., Corvese, C., Long, N., Odjidja, E., Robadue, D., Wallace, K. 1 May 2017

    This report draws upon the event participation and contact information to trace the growth of stakeholder engagement related to SFMP activities. In addition to the cumulative number of individuals and encounters, the data has been analyzed to determine how many new individuals—men and women—are becoming involved over time. In addition, we explore whether it is possible to document shifts over time in the levels of engagement of women in policy-related events compared to livelihood related training and meetings, to see if elements of success in implementing the SFMP gender strategy for increasing women’s engagement in policy can be detected. Finally, we utilize approaches employed in social network analysis to draw additional insights out of this routine information in terms of actors who are more central or well-placed to foster or block information exchange. Some results of this exercise are also presented.

  • The Daily Graphic: Revamp the Fisheries Sector Asiedu-Addo, Shirley 30 November 2015

    The implementation of the SFMP has committed to ensuring that the nation rebuilds its stocks. A forum organized discussed the effective implementation of the national marine fisheries management plan, a national policy for the management of the marine fisheries sector.

  • Momentum-Research & innovation- Lives in the Balance: Protecting our Planet’s Coastal Communities Mason, B 1 April 2015

    Last October, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $24 million grant — the largest in URI’s history — to the CRC to lead a five-year sustainable fisheries project in Ghana, West Africa. The objective of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project is to rebuild key marine fisheries stocks through responsible fishing practices. The project aims to set up a legal framework to protect the fisheries, develop more effective management plans and educate policymakers and the public.