Left to proper: USAID Appearing Mission Director Sean Callahan, USAID Environment Office Chief John Edgar, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Heather Variava, DA Beneathsecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero and Atty. Demosthenes Escoto of BFAR By way of the Memorandum of Beneathstanding signing between USAID and DA.
Manila, September 30, 2021 – Right now, America Agency for Worldwide Enchancment (USAID) and the Division of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Beneathstanding (MOU) to formally launch A mannequin new partnership Which will enhance the Philippine fisheries sector’s efficiency and assist nationwide And native authoritiess take an ecosystem-based mostly strategy to fisheries administration.
Beneath this partnership, USAID and the DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Assets will work collectively to assist the conservation and rehabilitation of habitats for fishery useful resources; institute reforms To deal with overfishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; and incentivize conservation through private-sector engagement.
“Our two nations share An everlasting partnership Inside the areas of sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Heather Variava. “I am proud to say that our relationship grows stronger over time as we study from Every completely different and discover extra methods to collaborate round our shared goals.”
This new partnership will bolster collaboration on the Philippines’ Fisheries Management Areas and further align USAID programming with the Philippine authorities’s priorities for fisheries administration and conservation, collectively with the department’s “One DA” strategy to immediately revenue useful resource-poor farmers and fishers.
This MOU is being carried out under the 5-yr Enchancment Objective Grant Settlement for Enhanced Ecosystem and Group Resilience, which was signed between USAID and the National Financial and Enchancment Authority on February 3, 2021.
For the previous six many yrs, USAID has been collaborating with the Philippine authorities, private sector, And native organizations To reinforce on A daily basis lives, investing Greater than Php259 billion ($5.1 billion) in the direction of shared development goals since 1961.