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LESSONS:

Indonesia: Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project Phase II

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Indonesia

The project completion report (PCR) identified lessons from the implementation of the project that could be valuable to both ADB operations and to the borrower. This validation concurs with the PCR lessons, which essentially serve to reaffirm the benefits of a participatory approach to resource management. Key lessons are as follows: (i) mobilization and organization of coastal community groups and their subsequent participation in planning social infrastructure facilities did help foster a favorable climate for partnership among citizens, national and district governments, and the nongovernment organizations (NGOs); (ii) coordination of implementation arrangements among enforcement and/or regulatory institutions and communities, and the comprehensive awareness campaigns ensured the acceptance of various coral reef management (CRM) tasks entrusted to the communities; (iii) empowerment of women created numerous opportunities for them to be part of the decision-making processes and substantively contributed to improving their household income; and (iv) labor and local materials contributed by the fishing households for village level infrastructures or facilities instilled ownership and volunteerism that are necessary for the subprojects’ sustainability, and lowered investment costs.

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