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close this bookLivelihood Options for Coastal Communities (IIRR, 1995, 77 p.)
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The Small Island Agricultural Support Services (SMISLE) programme is a joint project of the Government of the Philippines and the European Union, working towards accelerating development on several small islands in the Visayas. Many small island communities face the problem of over-utilization of their local marine resource. The pressure on the marine resource can be alternative sources of income. In order to present local fisher communities with ideas as to alternative sources of income, SMISLE itself requires information on alternative livelihood options. For this reason, SMISLE is pleased to be able to join with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction to publish this book.

We hope that the book stimulates broader interest in the topic. We envisage a second edition sometime in the future which present a broader range of livelihood alternatives, with greater detail, and with reports of actual case studies. The case studies should record the successes, and the failures, of communities in establishing alternative enterprises.

SMISLE also hopes that the joint publication of "Livelihood Options for Coastal Communities" is the start of a deepening relationship with IIRR. SMISLE shares IIRR's people orientation to development. We are interested in developing a network of development organizations practicing participative, community-based development. This network can provide a wealth of experience, and offer recommendations as to skills, techniques, training modules, extension programs and development processes which have been tested and proven in a variety of field situations.

With the network and the second edition of "Livelihood Options" in mind, we welcome contact, comments, ideas and articles from our development partners.