GeNA: Developing gender-responsive monitoring in NbCS aquaculture projects in Southeast Asia

The Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS) of the Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) has been awarded a 46 months project titled “Making nature-based climate solutions (NbCS) in aquaculture in Southeast Asia monitoring more gender-responsive: What gets measured gets done.” GeNA or Gender-responsive NbCS in Aquaculture for short is supported by IDRC Canada’s AQUADAPT-SEAPAC grant. Based on existing gender monitoring frameworks, the project will develop a reflexive and context specific gender monitoring framework for nature-based climate solutions in aquaculture. It will be piloted at three sites: Philippines (on seaweed culture), Thailand and Cambodia (on rice-fish culture).

Rice fish farming, Cambodia. Source: Prak Sereyvath

The lack of data as well as a lack of holistic understanding of gender relations in aquaculture leads to serious gaps in monitoring and evaluation schemes that wish to include gender outcomes, including in NbCS aquaculture. Therefore, GAFS aims to develop a gender monitoring schema and test the processes by which women and men participate in NbCS aquaculture that help achieve transitions to greater sustainability under climate change. The project findings will be shared in different fora. Training sessions on gender monitoring will also be conducted.

Philippine women seaweed farmers inspect their lines early in the morning. Source: Alice J Ferrer

The project will be administered from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in partnership with the Cambodian Institute for Research and Rural Development (CIRD), and The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and managed and implemented by GAFS ExCom and other members.

Rice-fish farming, Thailand. Source: Malasri Khumsri