Belmont GULLS Workshop Report
The project inception cum training workshop of the Belmont forum project “Global Understanding and Learning for Local Solutions: Reducing vulnerability of marine dependent coastal communities” was held in Poonthura- one of the identified hotspots on the South West coast of India, on 25th February 2015, the project inception was a part of initiating the project in the village. The work is for a period of four years, starting 2014 till 2018. The aim of this workshop was to provide training to the identified enumerators in the collection of data for the global common schedule, which was jointly prepared by the participating countries. The CMFRI Belmont team included Dr. Shyam S Salim, Senior scientist and Research Coordinator GULLS project, Dr. P.S. Swathilekshmi, Senior scientist and co PI GULLS project, Ms. Bindu Antony (Research associate), Ms. Nivedita Shridhar, and Ramees Rahman Mullaveetil (Senior research fellows).
The Inception workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Muhammed Iqbal, Counsellor, Beemapally ward of Trivandrum Corporation. Dr. P.S. Swathilekshmi, welcomed the gathering and felicitated the guests; Dr. S. Jasmine, Senior Scientist CMFRI outlined the major activities of CMFRI related to the upliftment of the fishing community. Dr. Shyam. S. Salim, gave a brief description about the project. During his inaugural address Mr. Muhammed Iqbal complimented the efforts of CMFRI and the project team in initiating this particular study; he also opined the need for the proactive participation of the fishers in conducting this program. Mr. Satheesh Kumar, Mr. Suresh Kumar and Mrs. Patricia counsellors of the study villages were also present during the program. Mr. Shreekantan, Joint Director of fisheries, was the guest of honour, who emphasized the need for such community based projects and lauded the efforts of CMFRI. Mr Rajeev, Fisheries Inspector, Beemapally, was instrumental in coordinating the event. Ms. Bindu Antony, proposed the vote of thanks.
Technical Session 1:
Dr. Shyam detailed about the project, the work plan and the expected work and development anticipated during the coming four years. He went on to explain the rationale behind choosing the study area, the GULLS framework and the work done so far in relation to the GULLS project. This was followed by the Methodology training on the questionnaire, where different ways and means of data collection was taught to the thirty identified data enumerators, Dr. Shyam S Salim and Bindu Antony provided the training. The workshop had two technical sessions. In session I, Dr. Shyam explained the sampling criteria and methodology of the study. The various topics covered under the session included climate change vulnerability assessment such Sensitivity, adaptive capacity, resource management, exposure, adaptive options, community infrastructure, attitude and perception of primary stakeholders.
Technical Session 2:
In technical session II a mock field survey was conducted to facilitate the enumerators to get hands on experience in surveying techniques. The session was led by Dr. P.S. Swathilekshmi. The session stressed on time management during surveying a respondent and the importance of observation during the time spent on field. The session concluded with clarifications of doubts raised by the enumerators by the project team.
The Belmont GULLS workshop ended at 3.30 pm. The projects aims to develop a rapport with the chosen study sites, as it is of utmost importance for the community participation in administering adaptation mitigation plans to combat climate change and to achieve sustainable fishing. The foundation for which was laid during this event, with the unstinted support of the local self-government and the Department of fisheries.
Dr. Shyam. S. Salim, Senior Scientist SEETTD Division and the coordinator of the workshop.
This report (with images) can be viewed or downloaded as a pdf document here.