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Proceedings of the workshop on coastal area planning and management in Asian tsunami-affected countries










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    Waves of hope. Report of the regional coordination workshop on rehabilitation of tsunami-affected forest ecosystems: strategies and new directions 2005
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    In an instant the 26 December 2004 tsunami devastated the lives of millions living in the coastal communities of the affected countries. FAO has taken on the task, together with other international and national organizations, in fielding experts to assess the damage and identify critical needs. In the process it has become evident that many organizations are working without the benefit of exchanging information and lessons learned, collaborating fully or coordinating effectively. To help remedy these gaps, FAO organized the above workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 7 to 8 March 2005 to enhance rehabilitation efforts in the tsunami-affected areas through better coordination of national, regional and international agencies involved in forest rehabilitation and management of the affected areas. The report includes an outline of the critical issues identified, a common vision and principles that should guide forest related rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, recommendations for stren gthening coordination efforts in the region and summaries of the technical presentations and discussions.
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    Report of the regional workshop on rehabilitation of agriculture in tsunami affected areas: one and a half years later
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    2006
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    In the wake of the devastation caused by the tsunami of 26 December 2004, numerous international and national institutions and organizations were involved in assisting affected countries in resuming agricultural activities and restoring shattered livelihoods. The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific organized a workshop on salt-affected soils from seawater intrusion. FAO also initiated several projects to assess the damage to agricultural land and plan appropriate interventions, and supp orted agricultural workshops at the country level in Indonesia and Sri Lanka to address country-specific issues and identify policies and strategies for future rehabilitation activities. One of the main challenges now is to identify interventions for longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction of the agricultural sector by collecting information on past and ongoing rehabilitation efforts, identifying overall gaps for intervention, reviewing national strategies and exploring possibilities for s trengthening them, and coordinating the exchange of information. With these issues in focus the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific organized this second workshop from 29 to 30 June 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. The report provides country overviews for each of the five countries participating India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The report also gives presentations on a range of related topics pertaining to recovery efforts, including lessons learnt and challenges encounter ed. Included in the section on recommendations and conclusions are priorities that need to be incorporated into long-term rehabilitation and development efforts, and mechanisms for the coordination and exchange of information.
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    Regional strategic framework. Rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture in tsunami affected countries in Asia 2005
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    The massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves that originated off the west coast of northern Sumatra on 26 December 2004 caused extensive damage to coastal communities. The majority of those affected had agriculture–fisheries based livelihoods or were employed in associated enterprises. As we move away from immediate emergency relief to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the mid- to long-term there is a much greater need for coordination of efforts. To fill this gap a consortium of key regional agencies involved in fisheries and aquaculture (CONSRN) organized a workshop from 28 February to 1 March 2005 to consult with impacted countries and to guide the development of a regional strategy and programme framework for rehabilitation based on regional perspectives and country dimensions. The regional strategic framework developed at the workshop is intended to support not just the work of the partners, but also to guide and inform other agencies involved in the broader tsunami reh abilitation and development work.

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