V2V Action, published May 2021

V2V Secretariat Action 

At V2V Global Secretariat we have been busy finalising country-level agreements and Memorandum of Understandings. This process includes collaborative agreements being signed between the University of Waterloo (V2V Global Secretariat) and approximately 25 V2V partner institutions in Asia and Africa. The next steps include transfer of funds to support the country-level V2V partnership and collaborative research activities including situational analysis, I-ADApT Case Study development, graduate student training and research engagements, knowledge mobilisation.

As part of the reporting requirements from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), we submitted an Annual Contribution Summary April 2020 that provided a consolidated summary of Partner Contributions (in-kind and cash) for the period April 2020 – March 2021. The high levels of Partner Contributions underscore the collaborative sprit that runs across V2V and acts as one of the key foundations of our partnership.

V2V Global Partnership is planning to have a huge presence at the 11th MARE People and the Sea Conference scheduled to take place from the 28th of June to the 2nd July 2021. V2V Global partnership is getting ready to organise the following panels focusing on the various themes of our research and partnership activities. A total of 42 V2V researchers, including graduate students and early career scholars, will be presenting 21 papers at the MARE conference as part of several panels and initiatives at this conference. Read about the conference here. 

  • Prospects for small-scale fisheries transitioning from vulnerability to viability (Session 1 and Session 2)

  • Multiple faces of vulnerabilities and opportunities for viability in small-scale fisheries (Session 1 and Session 2)

  • Commons, Community and Conservation: Making Commons Dynamic through Commonisation-Decommonisation and Community-based Conservation (Book Launch Panel)

  • Fostering viable social economies in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture (Co-organised with DriedFish Matters)

  • Research within the Blue Growth “action arena” (Panel co-organised with WorldFish and others)

 

Stay tuned for more information on this in the next issue of V2V Commons.

V2V Global Partnership is also planning to organise a session  at the ‘Small-Scale Fisheries Open House’ event taking place for the World Oceans Week (WOW) from June 1st to June 8th, 2021, organised by Too Big To Ignore. Our proposed session is entitled "Vulnerable livelihoods, viable lives: Witnessing the global experiences of SSFs” and is situated within the broad context of ‘Life and livelihoods’, the official theme of the 2021 WOW. In this session, we will use visuals such as photos, short videos, and a word cloud to highlight key vulnerabilities and sources of viabilities within the livelihoods of small-scale fishers in Asia and Africa. Thank you to all V2V members who participated and contributed to this event, either by submitting a photo, participating in the reflection interviews, or by participating in the word cloud survey. This SSF open house will help shape the upcoming International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022, as well as the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress to be held in the same year.

Stay tuned for more information on this in the next issue of V2V Commons.

Country Level Action:

V2V countries are conducting situational analysis and working on I-ADApT case study development in their respective countries. Country members attended knowledge mobilization events, and Thematic and Project Webinars organized by V2V Global Partnership, including I-ADApT Webinar (May 6th) and Situational Analysis Check-in meetings (April 13th and April 15th). Would you like to share insights from your country's process to conduct the situational analysis? Please, share it with us and we will feature it on the next edition of V2V Commons!

I-ADApT Working Group Action:

Following our discussions on the V2V I-ADApT case studies at the March Working Group (WG) meeting, the I-ADApT WG is actively working on training and fostering discussions between members and across countries. In May, the WG conducted a hands-on training session for I-ADApT where WG members Moenieba Isaacs and Yinji Li shared their insights and strategies for completing the I-ADApT template. Both Moenieba and Yinji were members of the IMBeR Human Dimensions WG that developed I-ADApT and shared their experiences with our V2V I-ADApT WG. In the V2V project, we plan to use I-ADApT as a tool to guide decision makers on how to move from vulnerability to viability in SSF. The team discussed the many major drivers of change that are affecting SSF and tools that can be used to identify the connections between these drivers (e.g., problem tree analysis, conceptual models). In this way, we can tell a story of the main drivers connected to the overall context and connections to other issues and drivers. Moreover, the discussion also pointed out that the I-ADApT template is being tested by country teams, who should identify any theoretical or information gaps with respect to V2V’s objectives. Suggestions on how to improve the template are welcomed and are part of the V2V I-ADApT initiative.  

 

The I-ADApT Working Group is open to constructive discussions and acts in synergy with other V2V activities. The Situational Analysis, for instance, is helping countries to come up with a baseline knowledge on the drivers of change affecting SSF at the country level and will benefit the pursuit of I-ADApT case studies.   

Watch out for future collaborative meetings! For questions or to request more information send an email to V2Vglobalpartnership@gmail.com 

Situational Analysis Action: 

On April 13th and 15th, the V2V Global Partnership hosted a Situational Analysis check-in webinar where Country Teams came together to share their approaches for the analysis. The webinar was a capacity-building and exchange opportunity across the teams conducted in two sessions where each Country Team shared their research processes. This included providing their syrategies and approach for completing literature reviews, transdisciplinary research, decisions involving the template, along with many other research strategies. Countries also shared insights form their analysis and their approach to deal with challenges. Common themes that emerged from the discussions include issues surrounding blue justice, gender challenges and opportunities, competing interests in coastal areas and fishing resources, marine protected areas, policy reforms, and climate change. In conclusion, each country discussed strategies for moving forward as well as next steps for viability. This webinar allowed for open discussions and encouraged Country Teams to share their progress. These meetings also enabled true transdisciplinary work to take place, with V2V members working together to foster innovative strategies for a viable future.

 
 
 
 

V2V Action, published March 2021

 

V2V Secretariat Action 

In the past couple of months,  V2V Global Secretariat has been focusing on the finalisation of country-level agreements and Memorandum of Understandings to support the collaborative work.  New members were officially added to the V2V Global Partnership including World Fish and IIT Mumbai (read more under the Collaborations section). As part of the reporting requirements from SSHRC, a Milestone Report was submitted on January 15th and a copy was also shared with the V2V Country Teams through their Country Coordinators. You will hear from us regarding other reporting requirements so stay tuned!

 

In terms of knowledge sharing and capacity building, V2V has been building a library of webinar series on the V2V YouTube Channel. In addition to the V2V Thematic Webinar Series, a new webinar series was launched called the V2V Learners Series targeting emerging researchers and graduate students. The Learners Series presents information on topics such as research methods and analysis and provides opportunities for research presentations and networking. Moreover, an I-ADApT Webinar took place on January 20th as a capacity-building event for all V2V members and students! There is something for everyone!

 

V2V Global Partnership will have a big presence at the 11th MARE People and the Sea Conference scheduled to take place from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July, 2021. V2V has submitted proposals for three panels namely (1) Prospects for small-scale fisheries transitioning from vulnerability to viability (12 papers by V2V Country Teams); (2) Multiple faces of vulnerabilities and opportunities for viability in small-scale fisheries (10 papers by graduate students and early career researchers); and ; (3) Fostering viable social economies in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, co-organised by V2V-Dried Fish Matters (DFM). Several of our V2V members are also part of many sessions and initiatives at this conference. Read about the conference here.

Country Level Action:

V2V countries are in various stages of recruiting students, conducting situational analysis, and working on I-ADApT development. Country members attended the capacity building events, Thematic and Project Webinar Series organised by V2V Global Partnership, including I-ADApT Webinar (January 20th) and Zotero Workshop (February 10th). Would you like to share insights from your country's process to conduct the situational analysis? Please, share it with us and we will feature it on the next edition of  V2V Commons!

I-ADApT Working Group Action:

I-ADApT (Assessment based on Description and responses and Appraisal for a Typology) is a decision support tool, designed to enable managers, researchers and local stakeholders to: (1) make decisions efficiently, (2) improve their response and (3) evaluate where to most effectively allocate resources to "reduce" vulnerability and enhance the capacity of coastal peoples to adapt to global change and reach viability. It is based on a social-ecological systems approach, informed by V2Vs core concepts (e.g., co-creation, adaptive capacity development, social wellbeing, interactive governance), and designed to both guide decision-makers and serve as an active research tool.

I-ADApT builds on knowledge learned from existing case studies, where some action was taken in response to environmental, social or other impacts of global change using a template to collect information about the ecological, social and governance dimensions of the situation. The case study template is designed around an “Issue” affecting fisheries and aquaculture that links the natural properties of the marine ecosystem with the social and governance systems, and vulnerability to paths to viability.

The Vulnerability to Viability (V2V) Global Partnership is using “I-ADApT'' (Assessment based on Description and responses and Appraisal for a Typology) as a novel transdisciplinary approach and capacity building tool to explore V2Vs core concepts in 12 case studies across Africa and Asia. To this end, the I-ADApT Working Group was formed in early 2021, including at least one member of each country. In January 2021, we conducted a capacity development webinar aiming to explain this tool, as well as how to complete the template, open to all V2V members. This event received inputs from country coordinators, emphasizing a collaborative approach.  We had our first WG meeting on March 9, where members had the opportunity to start a conversation on the plans for the WG,  I-ADApT and the V2V Case Studies, as well as to get to know the WG core members. Countries started to discuss possible case studies and their initial plan for I-ADApT. In the future, there will be more specific hands-on training on how to apply I-ADApT. The I-ADApT WGWorking Group is open for constructive discussions. Watch out for future collaborative meetings! For questions or to request more information send an email to V2Vglobalpartnership@gmail.com

Situational Analysis Action: 

Small-scale fisheries (SSF) are relevant for food security, as well as social and cultural needs. However, SSF information is still often disaggregated and case specific. Building a global perspective on key vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with SSF viabilities is needed. Thus, the purpose of the situational analysis is to support the co-development of a global and regional understanding of small-scale fishery systems in the 12 countries of the V2V Global Partnership.

This process involves a capacity building component and is prioritizing a collaborative focus. First, the template was developed collaboratively with country coordinators, who had the opportunity to provide feedback and bring ideas to the final version of the template. Second, we conducted a ‘Situational analysis webinar’ with country teams to discuss together best practices on how to complete the template, as well as address questions and concerns. Third, we conducted a webinar on ‘Introduction to ZOTERO’ with the support of the University of Waterloo Library. The purpose of this webinar was to introduce the necessary tools to use the projects reference manager software, used to store information and references used in the situational analysis. Finally, we are organizing a ‘Follow-up webinar’ in which country teams will have the opportunity to share their progress and insights, as well as challenges and solutions in conducting the situational analysis with other country teams.

This synthesis will generate new knowledge regarding key challenges in the SSF sector and identify areas to improve SSF viability worldwide. This synthesis can inform ongoing V2V research and practice (e.g., policy briefs, journal articles), and it will further inform the V2V IADAp-T development and implementation process.

Our intention is to identify key social-ecological drivers of change and emerging challenges. Further, we intend to use the information from this situational analysis to leverage opportunities for governance of small-scale fisheries. As such, we focus here on four main areas: definitions of small-scale fisheries; drivers of change; emerging issues and challenges; and policy and governance.

As a result, each country will complete a flexible template speaking to these main areas. Moreover, country teams are encouraged to use this material for further publications. These may include discussion papers and policy briefs, scientific publications, policy briefs, or other formats relevant to your team.

 
 
 
 

V2V Action, published January 2021

 

V2V Secretariat Action 

After consulting with Country Coordinators, V2V Global Secretariat distributed the final project activity plan and budget documents in October, followed by a V2V Activity Plan and Budget Webinar on October 30th. This webinar, led by Prateep Nayak, provided a chance to go over the plan and budget documentation to clarify details and expectations. Each country was encouraged to submit draft plans for the first 3 years of the project, which were then discussed in person in an  All Country Coordinators' Meeting on November 27th. It was a productive meeting as it allowed country coordinators to bring forward their draft plans for their respective countries. Despite COVID and many restrictions, V2V has put in its best efforts to keep open contact between all members to allow for integration and flow of knowledge! 

I-ADApT Working Group Action:

On Nov. 30, we hosted the I-ADApT Working Group (WG) Introductory webinar with the purpose to introduce I-ADApT as a research and decision-making tool, discuss how we will use I-ADApT in the V2V project, and review the proposed work plan for year 1.  We have also distributed a Dropbox link with a recording of the meeting and other supporting documents. The I-ADApT WG is co-led by Alida Bundy and Priscila Lopes, with the support of Ana Carolina E. Dias. In order to form the core team, the WG leads invited members of each country to nominate their members to compose the core I-ADApT WG. If your country has not nominated members yet, please, contact us! We are excited for our next event! On Jan. 20, we will conduct a training webinar on I-ADApT. Join us (check your email for an invitation or ask your country coordinators)! Moving ahead, we are planning a Hands-on Training in I-ADApT: Conduct I-Adapt Assessments for each case study using existing information. Stay tuned for updates!

Situational Analysis Action: 

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the Situational Analysis final template! The Situational Analysis is being led by Ana Carolina E. Dias and  Derek Armitage, and it is being developed under a collaboration with the support and great inputs of several V2V members! V2V Situational analysis Webinar took place on December 10th, 2020 where the final template was discussed as well as general guidelines on how to complete the template. This webinar was open to all V2V country team members and other students working on SSF to enhance skill-building involving research collaboration, secondary data synthesis, and data gathering, as well as analysis methods. The final Situational Analysis template was distributed after this webinar amongst countries and we expect it to be completed by country teams by March 15, 2021. To help with getting ourselves organized, we are planning a training webinar on ZOTERO. The training will include information on how to create a database, how to label references, and more! Watch out for more information soon, it is open for all V2V members and interested students!

Country Level Action:

Since the last few months, the V2V countries have been focusing on planning and budgeting, participating in the initiation and implementation of a situational analysis, and learning about I-ADApT methodology. While specific goals, plans, and actions on a country level might differ, an overarching goal for each country is to produce a preliminary understanding of both the sources of vulnerabilities experienced by SSF in selected case study locations and their capabilities to enhance viability. Some specific activities or sub-activities to achieve this goal include conducting a literature review, database analysis, community profiling, preparing questionnaires to conduct a pilot study survey, and interacting and collaborating with members of V2V. This preliminary vulnerability and viability assessment is part of the situational analysis taking place on each country level. Other ongoing activities, or “next steps” for V2V countries include developing conceptual frameworks, training for I-ADApT methodology, conducting surveys, data collection, and report writing.