Improving the resilience of the inland fisher communities and aquatic systems to overfishing and water resource degradation in Benin


(Continued from the News page)


The expected outcomes of the IRIF project are: better understanding of inland fishing vulnerability; application of evidence based regulatory rules of shared water resources; uptake of new/improved fishing techniques and technologies (capture, aquaculture, storage, processing, etc.) and increase of the income of women involved in fishing activities.


The inland fishery sector in Benin provides up to 75% of the national fish production. The project initiated by the consortium ACED-LHA-SOW aims to improve resilience of the inland fisher communities and aquatic systems to overfishing and water degradation. The project explores the vulnerability of coastal inland fishing communities to increasing pressures on water resources caused by fast growing population, pollution from urban areas and changing climatic conditions. The project studies the functioning of prevailing institutions among fishermen and tests if regulations are sufficiently resilient to cope with the new challenges. Special attention is paid to women’s access to fish processing technologies that contributes to income and increases food security. See also NWO's news page.


The project inception phase took place from April 15th - Field visit, April 16th - Working meeting of the consortium members, April 17th - Kick-off workshop. The project kick-off workshop gathered all stakeholders involved in the inland fisheries development in Benin to present the research project to all stakeholders, to exchange with the stakeholders on the project orientation and the pathways, to improve its overall strategy and to install the multi-stakeholder committee in charge of dialogue, project monitoring and knowledge sharing.