Sustainable Aquatic Resource Management Initiative

Governance of aquatic resources continues to be a major problem in most parts of the world. More than 50 million people are highly dependent on aquatic resources that continue to be degraded and governed in an unsustainable way. In the last few years, IDRC has funded a number of projects in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean that promote participatory community-based or co-management approaches to aquatic resources governance. Increasing numbers of stakeholders are recognizing the need for changes in the way aquatic ecosystems are governed.

This grant will allow researchers the three regions, under the leadership of a technical advisory group from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), to examine selected IDRC-supported projects using Outcome Mapping methodology, identify successful interventions and describe how the behaviour of selected stakeholders has changed as a result. They will outline a roadmap for success in aquatic governance and identify key choices in a state-of-the-art publication. They will also undertake field research in collaboration with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, on the application of new thinking (resilience, Complex Adaptive Systems theory) to coastal practices.

The project is expected to lay the groundwork for an aquatic resources initiative at IISD.

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Start Date

Sunday, April 1, 2007

End Date

Thursday, April 1, 2010


30 months

IDRC Officer

Carter, Simon

Total funding

CA$ 599,100


North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, West Indies


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Brian Davy

Project Leader

Henry David Venema


International Institute for Sustainable Development

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