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Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme Comes to a Close

Lucy Towers
02 October 2013, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - After four years and over 1,100 different capacity building actions, the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) has finally come to a close.

The RFLP was a highly ambitious programme that sought to reduce the vulnerability of small-scale fishing communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.

Over four years, the programme had some considerable successes. RFLP has helped drive forward the process of co-management of marine resources in all six countries that it worked.

Lives have been saved as a result of the safety at sea activities. The quality of post-harvest fisheries products has improved, in some cases to a huge extent. Livelihoods pilots have helped generate extra income and empower women.

RFLP's micro-finance activities in Sri Lanka have been so successful that they have been replicated nationwide. Meanwhile, RFLP leaves behind a legacy of lessons learned and information materials that should benefit other projects, donors, governments and communities for years to come.

You can read the RFLP's final newsletter by clicking here.