Adaptive Learning Approaches to Fisheries Enhancement

Enhanced fisheries can provide substantial benefits to the poor in developing countries, but past experiences show that benefits often fall short of expectations because advice is either non available or provided in a top-down manner without accounting for local ecological and institutional conditions and the uncertainties they create. Adaptive learning approaches, whereby external institutions can facilitate experimental learning by resource users were seen as a potential solution to this problem. The project aimed to develop adaptive learning approaches to fisheries enhancements to overcome the constraints posed by the incomplete knowledge of  local conditions, and the dynamic changes in resources and institutional arrangements that often accompany the technical intervention of enhancement. The project explored new ways of implementing and promoting enhancement, where the key role of  governments and external agents is to support learning by stakeholders through participatory experimentation.



Start Date: 

Friday, 1 January, 1999 to Sunday, 30 June, 2002

Services Provided: 

  • Characterisation of the resource systems and identification of uncertainties
  • Technical, institutional and socio-economic assessment
  • Evaluation of alternative strategies for adaptive learning
  • Workshops with local stakeholders, analysts and target institutions
  • Implementation and monitoring of most promising strategy
  • Analysis of interactions between stakeholders, and between stakeholders and analysts (communication, control, attitudes, etc) by means of cooperative enquiry
  • Evaluation of information gained and process of implementation
  • Development of guidelines

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Name of Client: 

Department For International Development (DFID)

Client Address: 

United Kingdom

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Origin of Funding: 

Deparment For International Development (DFID)


Laos; India