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LESSONS:

Philippines: Fisheries Resource Management Project

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

The PCR specified two lessons from the Project that may be incorporated in subsequent projects:

(a) Direct involvement in the Project, including project budgetary allocations, effectively engages local governments.

(b) Well-prepared stakeholders are the key to sustainable resource management.

The project completion report (PCR) also noted the need for early planning and implementation of preparatory assessments, indicating that this did not happen under the Project.

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) indicates two other lessons that should be drawn from the Project. The various elements for monitoring the outcomes and outputs of the Project did not function particularly well, which has made it difficult to evaluate achievement. It should not be left to the project completion review mission to conduct a few rapid selective surveys. In multicomponent projects, there is a danger that components outside the core competences and interests of the implementing agency (IA) may not be well covered. Microenterprises, particularly non-fisheries related activities were not strongly supported, e.g., by marketing information or facilitating access to mainstream lines of credit. While there is logic to tackling poverty in coastal communities by enhancing their returns from traditional activity and opening up new opportunities, these new opportunities need to be supported by appropriate agencies.

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