With defining the coastal module as a backbone, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management EAFM capacity plus training modules were developed on inland fisheries, irrigation, small – scale fisheries, co-management and CCA/DRM.
National level Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management EAFM Capacity Plus, ToT and Working with communities training was conducted in IFT, Yangon on August 2019. Officials from Department of Fisheries (DoF), Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF), Institute of Fisheries Technology (IFT), Fisheries Training School (FTS Pyapon and Sagaing), Yangon University (Fisheries and Aquaculture Department), WorldFish, Network Activities Group (NAG) and Rakhine Coastal Region Conservation Association participated in this training.
Regional/ State level (Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy and Rakhine) EAFM training was conducted on Sep and Oct 2019. In these trainings, FishAdapt encouraged the IFT staffs as a main trainer in some sessions and facilitated as co-trainers along the training. Participants include the representatives from DOF, Department of Rural Development (DRD), Environment Conservation Department (ECD), Universities, CSOs and INGOs in these Regional/ State level EAFM trainings.
With support from the implementing partners (NAG in Yangon, Ayeyarwady and RCA in Rakhine), community mobilization process orientation workshops have been conducted in the first batch targeted fishing communities. In this community mobilization process, a series of activities such as identifying threads and issues in their community, community representative committees formation, actionable information data collection and participatory mapping for fishing ground were undertaken. Community Representative Committees (CRC) were established in Yangon Region, and in Rakhine State. Each committee was formed with 50% women participation and the selection criteria was based on the community. Executive Committee of four representatives (chairperson, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer) and a gender and communication focal person was created, with roles and responsibilities defined.
Capacity building of Community level EAFM/EAAM training was also conducted in IFT in December 2019. Representatives from implementation units in Yangon and Ayeyarwady Region were trained on how to create the visual aid, training design and the simplest way to develop community EAFM plan in order to carry out the community level training in their respective communities in the regions.