V2V Photo of the Week: January 20, 2021

This photo is of fishing boats in Chilika Lagoon, situated along the eastern coastline of Odisha, India. It is one of our V2V case study area, which is recognized as a Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance in 1981 for its rich biodiversity. This is Asia’s largest brackish-water lagoon that contributes to the livelihood and culture of over 400,000 fishers. My ongoing thesis explores the water quality issues in Chilika Lagoon and the photograph depicts many hidden stories of marginalisation of small-scale fishing communities.

Photo Credit: Navya V Nair

V2V Photo of the Week: January 13, 2021

The Perhentian Island is located in the South China Sea, 21 km off the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia, in the State of Terengganu. There is a small village of approximately 10 ha in an area called Kampung Pasir Hantu situated on Perhentian.  Marine protected areas (MPA) have been established in Perhentian island since 1990, with fishing activities prohibited within two nautical miles from the coastline. Massive infrastructural development has taken place in the marine park over the last decade to promote tourism activities. The picture was taken during our study in 2016.

Photo credit: Gazi Nurul Islam 2016

V2V Photo of the Week: January 6, 2021

The Photo above shows the traditional fishing boat found in Cox 's Bazar District in southeastern Bangladesh end. They are called the  'Chand Nouka' which translates to Moon Boat and they are the  traditional fishing boat of the Artisanal fishermen here. The fishermen sail out to the open sea with the tide, and return the next day with the tide. This boat, is quite distinct and rare and only found in this region of the Bay of Bengal. Its shape is due to the need for fishermen to cross the sandy barrier located a few hundred meters from the shore.

Photo credit: Samiya Selim 2020

V2V Photo of the Week: December 30, 2020

This photo was taken at a private bhery in the East Kolkata Wetlands. It depicts the preparation of waste stabilization ponds by fishers for fish stocking. Using nature’s services like sunshine, algae, coliform bacteria, and water hyacinth, wastewater is recycled through a series of waste stabilization ponds excavated by the fishers. Effluents are treated naturally and pisciculture is pursued across five major stages of pond preparation, primary fertilization, fish stocking, secondary fertilization, and fish harvesting.

Photo credit: Jenia Mukherjee in 2019 (during field surveys conducted as part of IIT Kharagpur sponsored ISIRD project resulting into the publication of Blue Infrastructures [Singapore: Springer Nature, 2020])

V2V Photo of the Week: December 23, 2020

This photo of a sea defense embankment in the Momaya community of the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex (SLCLC) was taken during a mid-term project implementation review visit in April 2019. The community, in Sierra Leone, is part of the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA-BICC) Project.   The objectives of the project are to establish a stepwise community action plan that will lead to the establishment of 24 community mangrove nurseries in the Sierra Leone Coastal Complex; verify and strengthen the recently established Community Resource management working groups in the communities; and support Community Resource Management working groups to collect propagules and establish nurseries.

Photo credit: Frederick Ato Armah  2019

V2V Photo of the Week: December 16, 2020


This photo of Rembang Mangrove Forest, a V2V case study site, was taken as part of understanding the economic valuation of tourism management and conservation of Mangrove Forest Tourism in Pasarbanggi Village, Rembang, Indonesia. Part of the understanding also involves analyzing the level of willingness to pay in the context of conservation and development of forest attractions. Ongoing research will further allow insights on scenario solutions and models as well as the influence and interests among various stakeholders.

Photo credit: Cici Musliha 2020

V2V Photo of the Week: December 9, 2020


This photo of Whitebait fishing boats was taken at Yui fishing port (inner port) at one of V2V Japan case study sites, the Yui area, Shizuoka Prefecture. Yui area is known for Sakura shrimp fishery, which has long been an important fishery that supports the economy of the local communities in Suruga Bay, Shizuoka, Japan. There are also other fisheries, including whitebait fisheries and set-net fishery, etc.

Photo credit: Yinji Li 2020

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