The Capacity Development Training Workshop on Gender Analysis for Fisheries Management and Development in Mekong Region was organized from 12 to 14 March 2019 in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR with supported by USAID Oceans Fisheries partnership project. The Workshop was requested by the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), aims to increase their understanding of gender mainstreaming at the organizational level, which includes integrating gender into the policy, structure and culture of the organization. The workshop was participated by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Human Welfare for Gender and Labor from four (4) Mekong regions which are Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, including 15 DLF staff.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), in collaboration with Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), recently launched a Gender Analysis Toolkit (GAT) on March 8, 2019, to improve gender integration and mainstreaming in coastal resource management programmes in South and Southeast Asia.
The toolkit aims to help coastal and fisheries management practitioners, such as programme officers and technical advisors from development and environmental agencies, develop baseline knowledge around gender dimensions related to coastal and natural resources use, livelihoods development and ecosystems management.
This knowledge can help identify gender gaps and advance gender-integrated and gender responsive planning for improved resilience of coastal ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.
The toolkit also provides direction around key instruments, concepts and themes for qualitative gender analysis in coastal ecosystem-dependent communities.
The toolkit is an iterative development process meant to be revisited and revised to reflect new circumstances and emergent learning at different stages and from sites where the analysis is conducted.
The GAT is one of the main outputs of a SEAFDEC-MFE-SEI regional gender study, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The study explored gender patterns in coastal and marine resources management, with the aim of improving overall understanding about the state of women and men in environmental decision-making. The study also identified the main challenges preventing equitable opportunities for men and women in the coastal fisheries and coastal resource management sectors.
The study, along with a resulting synthesis report contributes to strengthening our collective understanding and commitment towards achieving gender equality as a core part of coastal and marine resource management and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 5 and SDG 14.
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The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized “The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training Course” from 26 February to 2 March 2019 in Nakhon Ratchasima Province which is located at the Eastern part of Thailand. There were 25 Thai Fisheries Officers who conduct on fishery management, human capacity development in fisheries field, and fishery extension. This training course focused on integration of EAFM concept to develop fishery management plan, management of problem issue, solves conflict and encourages the participation of fishery stakeholder. The training methodology emphasized on group discussion including participation among participants and resource persons. At the end, the participants were expected to apply knowledge and experiences from this training for their work which relevant to fishery management.
The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) organized the “On-site Training on the Implement of Fishery Machineries and Improvement of Fish Handling On-board Purse Seine Vessels” on 6 March 2019 at Pattani Province located in the Southern part of Thailand. There were 60 participants who are skippers, master fishermen, fishing vessel owners and important key stakeholders participated in the training. The aims of the training were to enhance awareness of energy efficiency, reduce labor use in fishing, including being aware of safety at the sea; research and development how to work and preserve the freshness of aquatic products, including efficient loading and unloading; collect information disseminated and progress about energy efficiency, labor reduction and safety at sea as well as establishing a network of stakeholders to exchange information on energy saving , reduce labor, optimize the freshness of aquatic animals, and safety at the workplace and at sea.
After this training, the participants are expected to improve good fish handling practice and hygiene onboard for direct human consumption and to serve at a premium level, technical information and knowledge related to operation and handle of the fishery machinery onboard has disseminated to the fleet, reduce operation cost e.g. labor cost, post-harvest losses and trash during storage, and transportation on-board till unloading at the landing site, and improve good fishing operation and practices at sea.
The SEAFDEC Technical Working Group (TWG) on Human Welfare for Gender and Labor for USAID Oceans Fisheries Partnership participated in “The Workshop of Raising Awareness of Gender Equity and Women Empowerment in Fisheries Management in General Santos and Sarangani Bay Area, Philippines” from 21 to 23 February 2019 in General Santos, Philippines. This Workshop was organized by USAID Oceans Fisheries Partnership project. There were eight (8) organizations from the Government of the Philippines participated in the Workshop to obtain information from gender analysis in Tuna fisheries value chain and provide them the commitment to support intervention on Raising Awareness of Gender Equity and Women Empowerment in Fisheries Management in General Santos and Sarangani Bay Area, Philippines.