PALO, LEYTE- "Waray people never back down from a fight", embodying this popular phrase describing the resiliency and courage of Waraynons, BFAR 8 together with the National Fisheries Research Development Institute (NFRDI) are currently using a tool that will help develop climate change adaptability of the fisheries industry in the region- the FishVool.
In line with this, an opportune training on Fisheries Vulnerability Assessment Tool Data Validation and Mapping is being conducted at Palo, Leyte. Participants from Provincial Fishery Offices (PFOs), National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP), Provincial Agriculture Offices (PAOs), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Fisheries Aquatic Resources Management Councils (FARMCs), academes and civil society organizations in Eastern Visayas are having a focus group discussion.
The FGD serves as an avenue to gather the perception of climate change from the said participants through a survey questionnaire. It will be compared and combined with the results gathered from the fisherfolk communities who served as respondents during the FishVool field survey conducted in 2017. Afterwards, the data generated will be used to develop vulnerability maps for capture fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the region.
“We really need this, particularly in our region, since we have been visited by the strongest typhoon to ever hit land”, BFAR 8 Regional Director Dr. Juan D. Albaladejo averred.
“This will help us aid the needs of our areas which are frequently affected by heavy rainfall and other adverse weather conditions”, he added.
The said tool is also deemed to be one of the instruments to climate proof interventions for fisherfolk communities, most especially in Region 8 where aquaculture is the driving force of fisheries production and sustainability.
Further, the vulnerability maps to be generated throughout the project will serve as an integral input to the Value Chain Analysis of the fishery commodities and relevant commodity investment plans by concerned provinces in the country.