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FFTC, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCAARD) and the University of the Philippines, Visayas (UPV) recently gathered four speakers from Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines and 14 local participants and trainees from different parts of the Philippines for a training on the basics of EAFM. This is an approach to capture fisheries using management systems and decision-making process that balance ecological well-being with human and social well-being through improved governance frameworks.

The three-day training consisted of learning modules facilitated by four trainers. It also featured country reports on the state of fisheries from four participating countries: Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. The modules, which were all designed to be participative and interactive included the following: 1) Threats and issues in current fisheries management; 2) Fisheries management and the ecosystem approach; 3) The whats and whys of EAFM; 4) Principles of EAFM; 5) Moving towards EAFM; 6) EAFM plans: the link between policy and action; 7) EAFM process overview. There were numerous activities to fully engage the participants like group discussions, games and presentations. Participants worked in pairs, in groups and individually on specific designed exercises.

Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the EAFM training is the Memorandum of Agreement Ceremonial Signing between FFTC and the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando Sanchez, Jr. sign the MOA which basically is an agreement to exchange the collection and dissemination of agricultural technologies.


The three-day training on EAFM consists of learning modules facilitated by four trainers. It also features country reports on the state of fisheries from four participating countries: Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.


Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the EAFM training is the MOA Ceremonial Signing between FFTC and the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando Sanchez, Jr. sign the MOA. Looking on are Dr. Edwin Villar (left), PCAARRD's Deputy Director for Research and Dr. Simplicio Medina, Office of International Linkages, UPLB.