Small-scale fisherman in southwestern Sri Lanka

RCMP and BOBLME project partnership

IUCN Asia’s Regional Coastal and Marine Programme (RCMP), a programme of the Asia Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group, supports sound policy and integrated coastal management interventions as a balanced response to coastal ecosystem issues, considering ecosystem management within the context of the long-term needs of coastal and marine resource users. RCMP focuses on knowledge management and capacity development as a key strategy for working in the region and provides a regional link in strengthening coastal management practices at local, national and trans-boundary scales, through a vast network and support system consisting of IUCN secretariat, members, commissions and a wide spectrum of project partners.

IUCN’s engagement in developing and supporting implementation of regional projects, and role in providing technical input for national projects and global initiatives in Asia has lead to the development of a solid partnership between the RCMP and Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project to take forward one of its components – Promoting community-based Integrated Coastal Management.

The Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project

Under the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project, the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, are working together to lay the foundations for a coordinated programme of action designed to improve the lives of the coastal populations through improved regional management of the Bay of Bengal environment and its fisheries. The BOBLME project is a five year project with a total estimated budget of US$ 31 million. The project will cover the following four areas of work:

1. Development of a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) to protect the health of the ecosystem and manage the living resources of the Bay on a sustainable basis to improve the food and livelihood security of the region’s coastal population;

2. Improving Coastal/Marine Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Use:

  1. Promoting community-based management;
  2. Improving policy harmonisation;
  3. Devising regional fishery assessments and management plans for hilsa, Indian mackerel and sharks; and
  4. Demonstrating collaborative critical habitat management in selected areas.

3. Better understanding of the BOBLME Environment:

  1. Improving understanding of the large-scale processes and dynamics affecting the BOB;
  2. Promoting use of Marine Protected Areas to conserve regional fish stocks; and
  3. Improving regional cooperation with regional and global assessment and monitoring programmes.

4. Maintenance of Ecosystem Health and Management of Pollution.

BOBLME Component 2.1

The objective of BOBLME Component 2 (Coastal/Marine Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Use) is to promote the development and implementation of regional and sub-regional collaborative approaches to common and/or shared issues affecting the health and status of BOBLME.

The objective of the Subcomponent 2.1 (Community-based Integrated Coastal Management) is to identify and evaluate the large and diverse body of information and experience associated with promoting: (i) community-based fisheries and habitat management; (ii) co-management; and (iii) the creation of alternative livelihoods among fisher communities in the region; activities designed for purposes of reducing impact on coastal resources.

The initial task undertaken by RCMP for component 2.1 is the production of

  • RCMP has undertaken the initial task under component 2.1 to produce a literature review and synthesis of findings on ‘Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Best Practices and Lessons Learned’ (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives). The preparation of this Review included the organization and facilitation of the ‘ICM Best Practices Workshop’ on held in Colombo on July 28-29 2010. (Read more.)
  • Including the organisation and facilitation of the ‘ICM Best Practices Workshop’ on July 28-29 2010. (Read more.)

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