Pacific Islands Region

Partnership with PhilippinesIn 2013, NOAA partnered with USAID to strengthen the science, service and stewardship of the Asia-Pacific, using NOAA’s vision of communities, economies, and ecosystems that are resilient in the face of change.  Through this scientific and technical partnership, NOAA and USAID worked to build capacity and good governance in Asia and the Pacific Islands, and to enhance the resilience of society, economies, and the environment in this globally significant region.

In the Philippines, NOAA expanded its work with the Philippine Government to provide support for government-to-government scientific and technical exchange, capacity building, and peer-to peer exchanges on ecosystem-based fisheries and marine resource management, science for management, and enforcement.  In April 2016, NOAA held Essentials-Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) training workshops with all of the provinces in the Philippines to develop and implement an EAFM plan in each of the governmental units in the Philippines.Partnership with Philippines

To help meet the goals of the Coral Triangle Initiative (Fisheries and Food Security) toward implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management, NOAA, USAID and key international partners have been developing guidelines, curricula and toolkits, providing technical assistance, and leading trainings such as EAFM for Leaders, Executives and Decision-makers.

On June 23rd, the Republic of Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) former Director and Undersecretary Asis Perez officially signed Partnership with PhilippinesFisheries Office Order (FOO) #164 to adopt “Mainstreaming Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)” as a nationwide guiding framework.

During June 26-30, 2017, NOAA hosted a U.S.-Philippines peer exchange on “Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management and Conservation: a partnership in governance, management, science and enforcement” with nine staff from the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environment’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The objective was to exchange governance, management, science applied to management, and enforcement experiences and approaches and foster relationships between leaders and high-level practitioners in fisheries and marine resource management, science and enforcement from the Governments of the Philippines and the United States.  The event ended with BFAR and BMB signing a “Declaration of Commitment and Action Plan for the Management of Shared Resources.”


POC:  Megan Asher,
           Supin Wongbusarakum,

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