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Governance Challenges on the Implementation of Fisheries Co- Management Arrangements in Malawi

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dc.contributor.author Njaya, Friday en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:33:33Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:33:33Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/992
dc.description.abstract "This paper reviews some major challenges experienced following a shift in the management of fisheries resources in Malawi from centralised system to co-management in early 1990s. While the policy and legal frameworks governing management of the fisheries resources were established between 1997 and 2000, several key governance processes remain uncompleted. The decentralisation process has been slow while expectations among the user communities remain high. This is especially the case where the government made promises to the user community to establish a revenue sharing mechanism and gear compensation scheme and yet till now that has not yet been fulfilled. With adoption of the decentralisation policy, the institutional support from the local governments devolved functions like licensing, enforcement and extension is far from being secured. In some areas there is power struggle between the traditional institutions that form informal structures and the local level representative Beach/Village Committees. The principles of good governance that include participation and accountability of the representative committees are lacking in some areas, mainly due to how members are elected. The initiation process is another area of concern especially in cases like Lake Malombe where the government took a leading role to introduce the comanagement arrangement and made several promises as incentives for participation of the user groups. However, ongoing activities like identifying other relevant stakeholders and their specific roles in a broad-based participatory process, developing constitutions, by-laws and management plans is a positive step towards signing of management agreements." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.title Governance Challenges on the Implementation of Fisheries Co- Management Arrangements in Malawi en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Malawi en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities, the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 19-23, 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bali, Indonesia en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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