FIP Capacity Building Training Program in Indonesia
A four day Fisheries Improvement Program, FIP, technical training workshop was recently held in Bali, organised by WWF and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The workshop was attended by Wildan, Wiro and Deirdre from Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), as well as participants from WWF, AP2HI, various universities and government representatives. The training was led by Richard Banks, a FIP consultant, currently involved in the Indonesian tuna FIP.
The training is part of a WWF approach to develop FIP capacity building training programs in Indonesia and Vietnam. WWF and the MSC identified the need for this training as a means of increasing the number and accelerating the pace of fisheries achieving MSC certification. FIPs are projects aiming to improve various aspects of a fishery, with MSC certification the end goal of such efforts. To develop a FIP, the fishery undergoes an MSC pre-assessment, where issues requiring improvement identified and a FIP action plan developed. This plan is reviewed annually for progress, until the fishery is ready to enter full assessment.
The training covered topics such as the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, fisheries governance, harvest strategies, Unit of Assessment vs Unit of Certification, Productivity Susceptibility Analysis (PSA, used when assessing data poor fisheries), the Default Assessment Tree and completing a scoping gap analysis and logframe. The training was interactive, with participants divided into groups to complete exercises for specific fisheries, i.e. completing a logframe, the results of which were presented back to the whole group for discussion.
This was a hugely beneficial workshop for all participants. It provided a deeper understanding of the MSC standard, the scoring and assessment process and FIP establishment, drawing on Indonesian case studies. There are plans to hold a follow up workshop in early 2016, to further build capacity of participants to be recognised as FIP assessors with sufficient MSC training. This is a huge opportunity for Indonesia to accelerate the MSC process of national fisheries and reduce assessment costs, as there will be a strong group of people available locally to conduct assessments.
Writer: Deirdre Duggan