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|Grant Name||Developing Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods in Coastal Fishing Communities in the Coral Triangle: Indonesia and Philippines|
|Project Number||44129- 01|
|Sector/Subsector||Agriculture and Natural Resources / Fishery|
|Gender Mainstreaming Category||Some gender benefits|
The goal of the project is to raise the income levels of the the poor coastal communities in Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Balabac, Palawan, Philippines by pilot-testing support mechanisms for sustainable livelihoods . The objective of the Project is to develop model alternative livelihoods that will involve women and indigenous people in the development process.
The components will include:
A. Social Preparation that support the following activities: (i) poverty assessment to identify specific project sites and potential beneficiaries, particularly very poor fishers, women, and indigenous peoples in the target coastal communities; (ii) social preparation to improve the attitude of target beneficiaries from mere recipients of government aid to managers of their own livelihoods; (iii) organization and training of beneficiaries in business and financial management; and (iv) participatory planning in selecting business enterprises and the conduct of feasibility studies.
B. Livelihood Development and Implementation that support the establishment and development of financially sustainable and ecosystem-friendly livelihood activities; and livelihood support mechanisms for the provision of (i) technical services; (ii) production, post-harvest, and processing of inputs; (iii) financial facilitation services; and (iv) marketing information and services; v) a production profit- and risk-sharing system among project participants (NGOs, the private sector, and beneficiaries); vi) a marketing system to assist target beneficiaries to access wider markets and required market facilities; and vii) a program to mobilize savings from capital build up and profits from the livelihood activities of project beneficiaries to fund the growth of existing livelihoods of beneficiaries and expand the number of beneficiaries. This component will also include an Enterprise Skills Traning Program that will develop the technical and managerial skills of beneficiaries.
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The development of sustainable alternative livelihoods to reduce poverty in coastal communities in Indonesia and the Philippines was identified as a priority action by the National Coordinating Committees (NCCs) of these countries under their respective National Plans of Action (NPOAs) of the Coral Triangle Initiative: Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI). The Project will contribute towards meeting country commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is also consistent with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Strategy 2020: The Long-Term Strategic Framework for 2008¿2020, its vision of ¿an Asia and Pacific free of poverty,¿ and its mission ¿to help reduce poverty and improve living conditions and quality of life.¿ The Project likewise falls within ADB's core areas of operation in scaling up environmentally sustainable development and addressing climate change.|
|Outcome||Progress Toward Outcome|
|The Project is intended to provide coastal communities in East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Balabac Islands, Philippines with sustainable alternative livelihoods that will enable them to rise above the poverty line by the end of the three-year implementation period.|
|Outputs and Timeframe||Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)|
Targeted beneficiaries in coastal communities in Berau District and Balabac trained to develop business plans for livelihoods
Viable livelihoods successfully implemented by organized coastal community groups
Effective project management system operational
|Recruitment of the consulting firm for the Philippines component is ongoing. For the Indonesia component of the Project, ADB has reviewed and approved the Annual Work Plan and Budget submitted by the the executing agency.|
|Geographical Location||East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Balabac Islands, Palawan, Philippines|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Issues||The potential risks include: (i) the local elections in the Philippines in May 2010, which could delay progress in project implementation as a result of a change in local officials; (ii) unpredictable extreme events related to climate change, which may disrupt implementation of livelihood activities; and (iii) the possibility that markets of processed products may not be developed in time due to unforeseen factors. However, these risks can all be mitigated.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation||
Discussions at the national level were conducted with the representatives of relevant units in MMAF in Indonesia (i.e. Planning Bureau, External Cooperation, Directorate of Community Empowerment and Directorate of National Marine Parks) and the different sections of District Marine Affairs and Fisheries Office in Barau at the local level (including Coasts and Small Islands, Law Enforcement, Aquaculture and Post-Harvest). Representatives from the Directorates of Community Empowerment and the National Marine Parks joined the field trips during project preparation, together with the of head of the Fishers Forum of Berau and the head of Law Enforcement unit of the District Marine Affairs and Fisheries Office. Meetings were also conducted with the joint program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
In Balabac Philippines, consultations were conducted with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), the head of the Center for Strategic Policy and Governance of Palawan State University, the mayor of Balabac and his municipal development officer, municipal agricultural officer, and municipal social works and development officer (MSWDO). Female government officials, both at the national and local levels, who are involved in the empowerment of women joined the field trips, such as the representative of the Directorate of Community Empowerment of the Directorate General of Marine, Coasts, and Small Islands (DGMCSI) in Indonesia and the MSWDO of Balabac. Consultations were also made with local fishers, traders, village officials, and Molbog leaders from several target communities, wherein several village women, mostly engaged in processing, were also involved in the discussions.
|Responsible ADB Officer||
|Responsible ADB Department||
Southeast Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division||
Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
|Concept Clearance||30 Aug 2011|
|Fact-finding||16 May 2010 to 28 May 2010|
|Board Approval||02 Nov 2011|
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