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    Regional workshop. One year later the rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture in coastal communities of tsunami affected countries in Asia 2006
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    The massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves that originated off the west coast of northern Sumatra caused extensive loss of lives and damage to coastal communities in countries affected. Damage included loss of whole villages, homes, fishing and aquaculture infrastructure, fishing vessels and gear, aquaculture facilities and markets, as well as other livelihood assets. As an initial coordination step, the regional fishery bodies in the region banded together and formed a consortium to Re store Shattered Livelihoods in Tsunami-devastated Nations (CONSRN). A workshop was organized to discuss overall policy directions on which to base reconstruction and rehabilitation. One year later a second workshop was held on 30 to 31 March 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand to review progress in rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture in coastal communities of tsunami affected countries in Asia. The meeting was attended by 40 participants including representatives from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, M aldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as by representatives of CONSRN, donor agencies and NGOs. This document presents the report of the workshop which reviewed the issues that emerged from the tsunami rehabilitation process and recommended future directions for addressing outstanding needs and achievement of national strategic policies regarding tsunami rehabilitation.
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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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