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Review of Methods for Assessing Community-Based Coastal Resources Management in the Philippines


  • Israel, Danilo C.


Community-Based Coastal Resources Management (CBCRM) activities in the Philippines have phenomenally increased over the years while studies that assess their performance were few. This paper reviews the literature dealing on the evaluation of CBCRM and the methods they applied with the end view of generating useful information for the possible development of a common methodology for future work. The paper found that most of the studies evaluating CBCRM dealt only on individual projects or project sites. They either used simple descriptive statistics comparing actual performance against pre-set objectives or more quantitative methods, particularly the Baseline-Independent Technique and the Institutional Analysis Approach. The limited number of studies at present suggests that CBCRM is under-assessed as a management method. A reason is that methodologies for the purpose are not yet fully developed and familiar to researchers. This renders methodology development a priority research concern. The study further found that at the level of individual projects, many CBCRM activities have been successful in the pursuit of at least some of their activities. This implies the great potential of the approach for helping solve the various problems in coastal fisheries. That CBCRM has limited coverage nationally, involves only a small proportion of the population, and generally disregards the interests of other sectors like commercial fishers means that much can be done to improve on the approach and make it a true vehicle of coastal fisheries development.

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  • Israel, Danilo C., 2001. "Review of Methods for Assessing Community-Based Coastal Resources Management in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2001-26, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2001-26

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    1. Katon, B.M. & Pomeroy, R.S. & Salamanca, A., 1997. "The Marine Conservation Project for San Salvador: a case study of fisheries co-management in the Philippines," Working Papers, The WorldFish Center, number 12341, September.
    2. Israel, Danilo C., 1999. "Research and Development in the Philippine Fisheries Sector," Discussion Papers DP 1999-17, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    3. Pomeroy, R.S. & Pollnac, R.B. & Predo, C.D. & Katon, B.M., 1996. "Impact evaluation of community-based coastal resource management projects in the Philippines," Naga, The WorldFish Center, vol. 19(4), pages 9-12.
    4. Pomeroy, R.S., 1998. "A process for community-based fisheries co-management," Naga, The WorldFish Center, vol. 21(1), pages 71-75.
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