|Participatory Methods in Community-based Coastal Resource Management - Volume 1 - Introductory Papers (IIRR, 1998)|
Publications such as the "Participatory Methods in Community-based Coastal Resource Management" are products based on knowledge acquired from direct field experience of individuals and institutions operating at the community level. IIRR relied heavily on the experience of partners and peers engaged in the field of community-based natural resource management. These supporters include a large number of people who have contributed in various capacities over time.
First on the scene were Ken Mackay, International Development and Research Centre of Canada (IDRC); Julian Gonsalves, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR); and Gary Newkirk, Dalhousie University's Coastal Resources Research Network (IDRC/CoRR). Together they recognized the need for a publication that documents participatory methods used specifically for coastal settings. At that time, it was felt that IIRR's experience with participatory methods for rural development would play an important role in the overall project. Similarly, it was felt that the wealth and depth of experience in community-based coastal resource management in the Philippines warranted its selection as the venue for the participatory workshop.
An organizing committee was initiated including (in addition to those above) Gregory Ira and Joy Rivaca-Caminade (IIRR); Bob Pomeroy, International Center for Living Aquatic Resource Management (ICLARM); Francisco Fellizar, SEAMEO Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); Rathin Roy, Bay of Bengal Programme (BoBP); Rebecca Rivera, Tambuyog Development Center (TDC); Annette Junio-Menez, University of the Philippines at Diliman, Marine Sciences Institute (UP-MSI); Elmer Ferrer, University of the Philippines at Diliman, College of Welfare and Social Work and Community Development (UP-CWSWCD), Geoff Brown, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO); Marie Grace Madamba-Nu Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA); Alan White, Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP); Herman Ongkiko, Small Islands Agricultural Support Services Programme (SMISLE); and Minerva Gonzales, Community Extension and Research for Development (CERD).
The documentation of the experiences of these committed individuals and each of the contributing authors into the final sourcebook could not have taken place without the financial support of donors. We are grateful to the following organizations and their representatives for recognizing the value of the sourcebook and having confidence in our capacity to produce it. Initial financial support came from Ken Mackay of IDRC. Additional financial support came from Mr. Paul Huddleston and Zenaida Cuenca-Forbes of the Canadian International Development Agency (Environment Development Fund), Ambassador Eric T.J.T. Kwint of the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Small Embassy Projects Programme), Herman Ongkiko of SMISLE and David J. Moles of the Western Samar Agricultural Development Programme (WESAMAR).
IIRR also remains appreciative of the support it has received (over the years) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ford Foundation (FF). Such institutional support allows IIRR to leverage resources and foster partnerships with other institutions.
The entire list of participants is provided in this sourcebook. Their contributions go well beyond their respective papers. Each participant added value to the work of their colleagues.
There are, however, certain individuals that deserve special mention for the special effort they provided. First, we would like to thank the VSO volunteers who provided editorial support during the workshop: Arlene Brooks, Cathy Rosario, Sarah Jane Curran, Maeve Nightingale, Stuart James Green and John Purvis. Arlene Brooks and Cathy Rosario extended their stay with us to help integrate third round revisions into the papers. Their voluntary support was characteristic of the commitment of VSO to assist local organizations in the pursuit of CBCRM.
Marie Grace Madamba-Nunez provided IIRR staff with critical technical support in the post-workshop editing of the papers. Dr. Gary Newkirk provided extremely valuable comments to the various drafts.
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction would like to thank these individuals and each of the authors and support staff for contributing their time and experience toward the successful completion of this publication.