This project developed a structured framework to guide funding bodies and fisheries agencies in the identification and delivery of financial assistance for capacity building in fisheries management and administration in South East Asia (focusing on the 11 signatory countries to the RPOA-IUU*). The project team examined human and institutional capacity strengths and weaknesses in each of the RPOA participating countries across five main components of fisheries management, namely: governance and legislation; fisheries management planning; fisheries science and economics; MCS; and international engagement. Priority capacity building needs for each RPOA participating country were identified. In addition to country level analyses, areas of common regional capacity building need were identified and prioritised. These were refined and adopted by a Regional Workshop of RPOA participating countries, held in Da Nang, Vietnam in 2010, together with a framework of agreed capacity building goals and objectives.
* Republic of Indonesia, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam