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  • 2017 Designing and scoping climate change vulnerability assessments for coastal national parks in the northeast region: Guidance and lessons learned

    Ricci, G., D. Robadue, Jr., and A. L. Babson 1 April 2017

    To plan for climate change adaptation, park resource managers need scientific information identifying the susceptibility of resources to climate change, when impacts are expected and how they are expected to interact with existing stressors. Climate change vulnerability assessments are a priority for many parks to support adaptation planning, but there is a need for park specific guidance on scoping, implementing and using vulnerability assessments. Several frameworks and resources are available focusing on coastal communities and on natural resources. This document summarizes some of these and draws lessons from assessments already completed or underway in parks in the Northeast. The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a range of climate change research and monitoring actions that address park vulnerability assessment needs. This guide provides additional materials to assist coastal parks in the Northeast Region (NER) to move forward with their vulnerability assessments and describes how to apply results to management. While the frameworks and examples that are the focus of this guide were primarily developed for natural resources, cultural resources and facilities examples are provided as available. This guide represents the combined experience and guidance from NER coastal park resource managers in hopes that others in the region will be aware of the numerous activities happening and lessons learned in the region.

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  • 2017 Progress Report. January 1 To March 31, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Year 3 (January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • 2017 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.

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  • 2017 Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of the Densu Estuary Oyster Harvesting, Bortianor/Tsokomey, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

    Janha, F., Ashcroft, M., & Mensah, J. 1 February 2017

    This report is a synthesis of the results of a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) commissioned by the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), in partnership with Development Action Association (DAA) and the women fisher folk at Tsokomey in the Bortianor municipality of the Greater Accra Region. The purpose of the PRA was to assess prospects for development of a community based management plan for oyster harvesting as a sustainable livelihood and food security venture in the Densu River estuary. The Densu Delta was designated as a RAMSAR site in 1992, recognizing it as a protected wetland of international importance under the International Convention on Wetlands. A management plan for the Delta was developed in 1999, but did not make reference to oyster harvesting activities.

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  • 2016 Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Annual Progress Report, October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016.

    Coastal Resources Center 31 October 2016

    This is the annual progress report for Year 2 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. It covers the time period October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

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  • 2016 Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Quarterly Progress Report, October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016.

    Adiza Owusu 30 September 2016

    During the FY 2015 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), an Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) was prepared and approved by USAID. The EMMP complies with 22 CFR 216 and was prepared based on the revised USAID’s Ghana Economic Growth Portfolio Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE) which was already in place for the (SFMP). This document reports on implementation of the plan during 2016.

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  • 2016 Evaluation Report on Morrison Stoves

    Avega, B., Nsiah, A., Kwarteng, E. 1 March 2016

    Based on the successes Under SNV’s previous Improved Fish Smoking project, SNV introduced and promoted the improved Morrison fish smoking stoves to the new Sustainable Fisheries Management Project as a potentially scalable support programme towards improving the livelihood of fish processors.

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  • 2016 Rapid Partnership Appraisal and Partnership Prioritization Report

    SSG Advisors 30 September 2015

    Appraisal workshop of ten initial partnership opportunities for helping Ghana SFMP meet its goals.

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  • 2016 Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Committees: Design Document

    SSG Advisors 1 April 2016

    In a workshop held by USAID/Ghana SFMP in March 17-18, 2016, representatives of the Ghanaian Government, enforcement agencies, fishermen and fish processors discussed and agreed on the formation of a Ghanaian community-based enforcement initiative to help halt and reverse the decline of Ghana’s fish stocks. The workshop outcomes echoed the earlier decision made by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to institute community fisheries watchdog committees.

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  • 2016 Report on the Baseline Survey of Small Pelagic Fishing Households along the Ghana Coast

    Crawford, B., L. Gonzales, D. Amin, B. Nyari-Hardi, & Y.A. Sarpong 30 September 2016

    This report provides a baseline of the current context and conditions of coastal fishing households as well as their attitudes and perceptions in a number of areas the project is working to change. The baseline also captures a number of comparable indicators that are being collected in the USAID Feed the Future northern zone of influence (ZOI) and reported in the Population Based Survey Report. These include indicators on the prevalence of hunger and dietary diversity and some other measures in relation to household structure, contents and ownership of durable goods, and a selected set of indicators included in the women’s empowerment index. This will allow for some level of comparison of conditions in coastal fishing households versus Northern farming households although this is not a focus of this report. With respect to fisheries, the baseline captures information on a number of long term trend indicators including perceptions of change in quality of life, status of the fisheries and other factors the project is attempting to influence. These include, awareness and compliance with fishing regulations and perceptions concerning illegal fishing, empowerment of women within the industry, and aspects of child labor and trafficking. As part of the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework, these indicators will be tracked during the project's progression at mid-point and at the conclusion of the project to assess the impact of the SFMP.

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  • 2016 Progress Report. October 1 to December 31, 2016.

    Coastal Resources Center 31 December 2016

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 3 (October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • 2016 Market Segmentation Study Report

    Amaning, R. 1 May 2016

    The purpose of the segmentation study is to clearly identify the socio-economic conditions under which the Smoked Fish Processors operate (Stove Users), their needs and provide a clear understanding of the nature of their businesses and operations. The study is also expected to clearly identify key characteristics of the various segments of Smoked Fish Processors in the Central and Western Regions.

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  • 2016 Marine Spatial Planning-Rhode Island executive summary

    Jennifer McCann, Tiffany Smythe 30 April 2016

    Executive summary of the case study of the Rhode Island Ocean SAMP stakeholder process.

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  • 2016 Our Fish. Our Coast. Our Future.

    Coastal Resources Center 1 April 2016

    This newsletter outlines the success stories and milestones of Year 1 of the Ghana SFMP Project. These include: From Ground to Tabletop, Fishers Become Researchers in Collaborative Research Intervention, National Marine Fisheries Plan Unveiled at Stakeholders Dialogue, Stakeholders Poised for Change; Consultations Reveal, SFMP and WARFP Philippines Study Tour Paves the Way, & USAID Sister Projects on the go!

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  • 2016 USAID/Ghana SFMP Gender Mainstreaming in Fisheries Management: A Training Manual

    Torell, E., Owusu, A., and Okyere Nyako, A. 15 January 2016

    As a basis for the gender mainstreaming activities of SFMP, a detailed gender analysis focusing on the fisheries sector and value chain was conducted and formed the basis for the gender strategy. This gender mainstreaming manual will assist the SFMP partners as they work to mainstream gender into fisheries co-management. It is a tool for implementing the project’s gender mainstreaming strategy.

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  • 2016 Profile of Ankobra Estuary Resource Users and Use Patterns

    Hen Mpoano 1 April 2016

    The Profile of Ankobra Estuary resource users and use patterns characterizes the users of the Ankobra estuary and their resource utilization patterns including their traditional management practices and perceptions. The process also investigated the fishery of the estuary to unearth key species and their subsistence and or commercial value. As a follow up activity to the Ankobra Climate and Livelihood Vulnerability assessment, this profile aims at developing further understanding about community and ecosystem resilience and laying the groundwork for the development of community-based estuarine fishery planning and management approaches.

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  • 2016 Marine Spatial Planning-Washington State executive summary

    Jennifer McCann, Tiffany Smythe 30 April 2016

    Executive summary of the Washington State marine spatial planning case study.

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  • 2016 Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Territorial Waters of Somalia Report Brief

    Carol McCarthy 13 January 2016

    This brief summarizes the work, conclusions and recommendations of the study of IUU fishing in the territorial waters of Somalia.

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  • 2016 Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2016.

    Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2016

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Year 2 (April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • 2016 Resilience Planning Workshop for Pra Estuary.

    Friends of the Nation 31 March 2016

    Report on Pra estuary resilience planning.

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  • 2016 Developing Capacity in Spatial Planning.

    Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2016

    It is quite evident that Ghana needs a coastal zone management program that can address critical issues of coastal erosion and frequent flooding events and other coastal development challenges. Over the next several years and decades, the costs of dealing with these issues will soar upwards. The SFMP and the Fisheries Commission and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development are interested in the well-being of fishing communities and needed access to safe and secure areas for them to conduct their food production activities, fisheries development programs therefore should take an integrated approach and support development of resilient communities that can cope and adapt to living in dynamic coastal zones. In addition, there is a need to maintain areas for local food production to serve as a form of food bank. Many agricultural and fish production areas are being converted to plantation agriculture, industrial and residential development and tourism resorts, resulting in increasing scarcity of places for local coastal communities to live, grow their own food, and sell it locally.

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  • 2016 Evaluation Of Fisheries Stock Assessment And Management Of Small Pelagics In Ghana Stock Assessment Peer Review

    Brown B., Moustahfid, H. 1 June 2016

    The meeting of the Scientific and Technical Working group (STWG) focusing on the management of the small pelagic fisheries in Ghana was well run and participation excellent. The composition of the body wisely included both scientific and technical expertise from multiple sources including government and universities.as well as independent observers. Most critically it included representation from the fishing community, both fishers and processers. That latter were particularly important in areas such as what was happening in the fishery since the last available official data and in in discussing impacts of various management options on the communities as well as candid discussions of fishing practices useful in understanding the data from the fishery.

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  • 2016 Multi-Stakeholder Workshop to Design a Citizen Watch on Water Initiative for Fisheries Co-management in Ghana

    SSG Advisors 18 March 2016

    Workshop for stakeholders to design a framework for a Citizen Watch on Water Program to improve co-management of fisheries in Ghana.

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  • 2016 Marine Spatial Planning-San Francisco executive summary

    Jennifer McCann, Tiffany Smythe 30 April 2016

    Executive summary of the San Francisco Bay marine spatial planning case study

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  • 2016 Household at Risk Tool Training Workshop Report.

    Adeborna, D. 30 March 2016

    SNV Ghana and the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fishery Management Project (SFMP) believe that children should enjoy all their basic rights including the right to education, right to play and the rights to family life. Children should not be subjected to hazardous or dangerous works or be coerced to move from one place to the other to be exploited. In line with this, the project aims to support livelihood activities targeted at vulnerable households most likely to engage in child labor and trafficking, under the premise that economic hardship is the root cause of the problem. SNV developed a “Households at Risk Tool.” The Child Labor Household at risk tool is a matrix used for identifying households susceptible to child labor in a particular community. SNV trained partners and identified stakeholders on the use of the tool on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

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