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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012
  • :English

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Asia / The Philippines

For a better tomorrow

Case studies in Siquijor, The Philippines, demonstrate the benefits of women’s participation in the management of marine protected areas

By Barbara Clabots (barbara.m.clabots@gmail.com), Masters Candidate of Marine Affairs, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle

Women in the Philippines are taking a stand against destructive and unsustainable fishing. On the small island of Siquijor, they have begun to play an important role in the management of a few community-based marine protected areas (MPAs). Aided by the technical support of their local government and the NGO Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, some women have been empowered to manage marine sanctuaries to the benefit of the entire community.

MPAs are a key global tool of marine conservation, and stakeholder participation is a well-acknowledged critical component of their success. Although over 1,000 MPAs now exist in the Philippines, only 20 to 30 per cent of them are effectively m