|Livelihood Options for Coastal Communities (IIRR, 1995, 77 p.)|
This publication is a compilation of small-scale, appropriate technologies aimed to provide and improve livelihood opportunities for coastal communities in the Philippines. Although several of the ideas presented in the material may be of relevance to any coastal areas of the world, especially Southeast Asia, it was purposely designed for use in the Philippines.
The bulk of the ideas presented in this book was the direct outcome of a series of site visits to several coastal areas of the Philippines, namely: Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Negros Occidental. The financial support to IIRR to cover the initial set of site visits which led to this publication came from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) country program in the Philippines.
Mr. Severino "dun" Ubungen, a short-term consultant to IIRR, contributed most of the first draft text after compiling an initial inventory of various livelihood options which were actually being practiced by coastal households in the areas that were visited. He then subjected this initial list to a review and prioritization (including other livelihood specialists from IIRR) in order to arrive at the final list of topics to be included in the book.
Subsequent content editing was primarily provided by the IIRR coastal areas specialist, Ms. Dolores "Donie" Diamante, who revised and improved the first draft text and provided detailed information that supplemented Mr. Ubungen's early drafts.
We hope that this initial listing of livelihood technologies, which are of special relevance to coastal communities and fisherfolk households, will prompt other institutions at all levels (research, government, NGO, community) to further pursue the search for livelihood options for the rural poor coastal communities of the world.