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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 April 2017

    This report describes the progress made in implementing the Q2 activities of the FY17 COMFISH Plus work plan.

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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. April 1 to June 30, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Year 3 (April 1, 2017 to June 30, 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 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 Community Restores Degraded Mangroves Fast!

    1 January 2017

    Success story about the Sanwoma community restored degraded mangroves

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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 Hownam Dialogue Report Leadership and Conflict Management

    Adeborna, D. 1 April 2017

    The key objective of the hownam dialogue in year three is to increase participants’ understanding of group conflict and group conflict management. In doing this, the dialogue aims to highlight the importance of group dynamics and conflict management by using practical examples and group exercises. This report therefore aims to highlight the key areas of the dialogue in Apam and the relevant results achieved.

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  • 2017 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana – 2016. Scientific and Technical Working Group.

    Lazar, N., Yankson K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 July 2017

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks in Ghana through 2016. This assessment establishes new biological and management indicators or reference points for the purpose of monitoring the status of the stock with impact of fisheries management actions. However, the STWG recommends maintaining the initial biological references points on biomass (B) and fishing mortality rates (F) estimated in 2015. The trends of declining fish stocks continue to be a major concern for fisheries stakeholders in Ghana. The rapid development of coastal pelagic fisheries over the past four decades is at the center of this decline. The biomass of many small pelagic stocks has drastically fallen at alarming rates due primarily to overfishing and overcapacity.

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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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  • 2017 Business Development Training for MSMES in Moree, Elmina, and Anlo

    CEWEFIA 1 April 2017

    The broad objective of the training is to improve the knowledge and skills of trainees in basic business management and practice in order to promote growth through the provision of effective training

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  • 2017 Technical training in Hygienic Fish Handling, Packaging and Branding, Fire and Safety for 200 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises

    Swanzy, S., Kankam, M 1 March 2017

    Active Fire Precautionary measures were very poor in the communities of Axim, Shama and Ankobra causing a lot of fire outbreaks of which most of the vulnerable were fish processors. Some businesses collapsed due to fire outbreak. Therefore an intervention was organized in the form of theoretical and practical training by Daasgift.

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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT October 1, 2016 –December 31, 2016

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 January 2017

    This report focuses on progress made on USAID/COMFISH Plus start-up and on implementing the annual fiscal year 2017 work plan during the first quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2016).

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  • 2016 Regional Study Tour on Women’s Empowerment and Post-Harvest Improvements

    Coastal Resources Center 29 February 2016

    Report on women's roles in the fishery sector, a study tour in The Gambia.

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  • 2016 USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Year 3 Work Plan: October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 October 2016

    Year 3 represents the mid-term period of the project. The first two years have garnered much experience and lessons learned concerning the evolving context within the marine fisheries sector and a better understanding of what can be achieved over the life of project. The following narrative first provides a big picture overview and describes adjustments in the Life-of-Project targets based on the initial project experience and better conforms to the expectations of what can be achieved in the remaining three years of the project.

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  • 2016 Exchange Visit for Town and Country Planning Department Officers: Workshop Report

    Mensah, J., Kankam, S. 1 September 2016

    This year‟s Exchange Visit event was intended to illustrate tools and methodologies for coastal spatial planning and highlight the utility of spatial planning approaches for completing coastal climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning using examples from the Western region. Additionally, the event provided the opportunity to initiate preliminary discussions on the outline and content of an Integrated Coastal Management toolkit proposed for central region.

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  • 2016 Organizational Capacity Assessment Report (NAFPTA)

    Tsikata, S. 1 January 2016

    The objective of the capacity development initiative is to facilitate and support the development and strengthening of capacities of key Local Partner organizations to allow for the effective implementation of the SFMP project, improve the quality and sustainability of the services they provide to their constituencies, and position participating Local NGOs/ Associations/ Alliances to be ready and capable of receiving direct funding from USAID and other donors in line with the USAID Forward initiative.

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  • 2016 Energy Expenditure Survey and Assessment of the Economics of Fish Processing at Anlo Beach

    Kwarteng, E., Nsiah, A.A.H, Aziebor, E. 1 May 2016

    Contributing to the high rate of deforestation is the widespread use of inefficient fish smoking techniques. The popular fish smoking stove used in Ghana is the Chorkor stove introduced in Ghana by FAO in 1969. Since then, there has been few improvement attempts with recorded successes as well as some failures. Some of the successful innovations and improvements to the Chorkor stove include the Morrison stove, Frismo/Frismo stove, AWEP stoves among others. This study will investigate and compare the energy budgets and economics of using the various fish smoking techniques. The Anlo Beach community is used as a case study.

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  • 2016 Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Committees: Legal Review of the Bantay Dagat Program in the Philippines.

    Mario Maderazo, SSG Advisors 30 April 2016

    Report on the Bantay Dagat marine police and enforcement program in the Philippines.

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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 URI President’s Visit to Friends of the Nation and the Western Region

    Friends of the Nation 1 April 2016

    On Saturday April 16, 2016, the President of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Dr. David Dooley visited Friends of the Nation (FoN) and some of its implementing partners of the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), and were hosted in FoN’s conference room. Prior to this, the President and his entourage made a stop at Anlo Beach to observe the mangrove restoration intervention by FoN, the community and the Shama District Assembly (SDA).

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  • 2016 Report On Sensitization Meeting At Sekondi

    Opare-.Addo J 1 December 2016

    The purpose of this sensitization meeting was to increase constituencies to support in rebuilding the fisheries which is near collapse. Stakeholders after promising their support for the project were informed by CEWEFIA that they would be included in the implementation of project activities directly and indirectly. It is hoped that post- harvest activities would have a greater impact at Sekondi.

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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 Partnership Strategy

    SSG Advisors 29 February 2016

    Detailed Strategic Partnership document that outlines partnerships among private and national and local levels of government in Ghana.

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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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