Fiamaba Fisheries Development Cooperation (FFDC), one of the implementing organizations of the three-month UNMIL Project, recently conducted a one-day consultative and awareness meeting on social and conflict prevention with artisanal fishery communities in West Point.
The meeting brought together local artisanal fishery communities, government entities and development partners and it was conducted under the theme, “Enchancing Linkages and Improving Social Cohesion and Prevention of Conflict on Sea for Liberian Artisanal Fishermen.”
Last month the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) launched the three month project aimed at enhancing conflict prevention and peace consolidation through increased food security in the fishery sector.
The UNMIL project is to be implemented in the Monrovia boroughs of West Point, New Kru Town, and Grand Bassa County and it is reported that the project targets 350 direct beneficiaries.
Speaking at the meeting in West Point, attendees disclosed that imbalances of fishing equipment among artisanal fishers, selling of fishing materials by one group and usage of dynamite to kill fish are factors of conflict between the Fanti and Liberian artisanal fishing communities. The two communities largely dominate Liberia Artisanal Fishery Sector.
Earlier, Edwin Bonar who stated the purpose of the meeting stressed that issues on sea, especially among artisanal communities, has been a key factor undermining the advancement of Liberia’s Artisanal Fishery Community. He added that the one-day meeting was to know various forms of conflicts among local fishing communities and also find means to prevent conflict among local fishermen and foster cohesion among them as well.
UNMIL, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NAFAA) and the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), were among organizations that attended the one-day meeting.