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Waves of hope. Report of the regional coordination workshop on rehabilitation of tsunami-affected forest ecosystems: strategies and new directions










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    Proceedings of the workshop on coastal area planning and management in Asian tsunami-affected countries 2007
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    Sound coastal area planning and management are key factors influencing the success and sustainability of rehabilitation and reconstruction in areas affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In many places, unsustainable land management practices had degraded lands and vegetation prior to the tsunami and, to “build back better”, improved land and resource management systems are required. The lessons drawn from rehabilitation efforts in countries whose coastal lands were severely affected by the tsunami may also be applied by other countries seeking to improve their coastal area planning and management interventions. FAO organized this workshop – convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 27 to 29 September 2006 – to bring together field practitioners, policy analysts, coastal planners and technical experts from relevant sectors to exchange information on issues of key importance to post-tsunami rehabilitation with an emphasis on multisectoral interventions involving agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The workshop centred on the presentation of country papers for each of the eight Asian tsunami-affected countries, and three overview papers. Discussion groups were held to identify common issues among countries, share experiences, and identify actions that could be taken at various levels to support improved coastal area management. These proceedings document the efforts of the participants and the final outcomes of the meeting and constitute a valuable resource for those engaged in t he tsunami rehabilitation efforts and other similar activities.
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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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    Report of the regional workshop on rehabilitation of agriculture in tsunami affected areas: one and a half years later
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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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