This project uses a unique village-led research and education approach to establish community-based learning hubs that empower villagers and partners to facilitate knowledge exchanges. A learning hub is a local community where good practices in sustainable fisheries management are being successfully implemented, and knowledge and lessons learned are shared with other communities.

This project focuses on raising awareness, building capacity and providing the tools which communities can use to improve their planning of natural resource management and fish ecology for sustainable fisheries. It identifies and promotes best practices for communities to manage and conserve fisheries resources. The project also focuses on partnership building between representatives from government, civil society, local people and the scientific community.

The project outcomes include:

  • 50 percent of community-based organizations (CBOs) have an improved understanding of fish ecology and are applying it to biodiversity conservation in 10 years’ time
  • 20 percent of CBOs are implementing coordinated natural resource management and conservation strategies 10 years after the end period of the project.
  • 30 percent of CBOs report the significant recovery of fisheries resources in five years.