PRIMEX President and CEO Elvira C. Ablaza presented the issues and lessons from implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in projects the Southeast Asia Coral Triangle countries during the Southeast Asia Fisheries Management Planning Workshop held on 23-25 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ms. Ablaza was invited by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) as one of the speakers at the workshop, which gathered about 100 participants from the ASEAN countries and SEAFDEC member countries (mainly government representatives) as well as development partners (FAO, US-NOAA, and ADB). SEAFDEC collaborated with the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) in organizing the event.
Ms. Ablaza based her presentation on the outcomes of the EAFM projects supported by the ADB-funded Regional Technical Assistance for Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (RETA 7813), where she serves as the Project Director. Her presentation was very well received.
The five-year regional technical assistance project has been working with local, national, and regional partners to apply the EAFM approach in Kwandang Bay in Indonesia, the Semporna Priority Conservation Area (SPCA) in Sabah, and Dumanquillas Bay in the Philippines since 2012.
Mr. Raul Roldan, Deputy Team Leader for the Philippines of RETA 7813, also attended the event.
One of the expected outputs of the workshop is the updating of the EAFM Plan for the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, which was drafted during a workshop organized by the CTI-CFF in Manado, Indonesia in 2015.