Sustainable Livelihood Development Services
In many coastal communities fishing is a key livelihood; however the majority of small-scale fisheries have not been well managed. As overfishing reduces livelihood opportunities and forces people to prosecute fisheries with increasingly destructive techniques, the need to adequately manage local fishing grounds and encourage sustainable livelihoods becomes urgent.
MEP has significant experience working with donors, governments and NGOs to identify the drivers behind unsustainable fishing and coastal activities and the development and implementation of solutions. These solutions can range from the introduction or refinement of fishing techniques to reduce environmental impacts, to the identification of alternative livelihoods, such as the development of mangrove crab fattening or seaweed cultivation.