Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle: Southeast Asia


Name of Client:
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Length of Consultancy Assignment
Start Date: August 2012
Completion Date: August 2016

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
This regional policy and advisory technical assistance (RETA) aimed at increasing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems and human communities in the CT3 (Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines) through improved management of coastal and marine resources in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) priority seascape located within the Coral Triangle, which is considered the heart of biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region. The RETA supported the introduction of more effective management of coastal and marine resources, especially those associated with coral reef ecosystems, to build their resilience in a period of increased threats arising from human-induced and climate change impacts, thereby maintaining ecosystem integrity and productivity and ensuring the improved socio-economic status of coastal communities. The TA had three outputs: (i) policy and institutional framework for sustainable CMRM enhanced; (ii) ecosystem-based approach to CMRM pilot-tested; and (iii) effective project management established in ADB and the CT3 governments.

As Project Management Consultant (PMC), PRIMEX mobilized a team of 19 international and national consultants led by a Project Management Specialist/Team Leader and three Deputy Team Leaders (one per country) who serve as Project Managers on behalf of ADB, the Executing Agency, and as Technical Adviser to the CT3 implementing agencies (IAs).As Project Manager, the Consultant Team managed the day-to-day activities of the RETA at the national (within each country) and regional (across the CT3) levels. As Technical Adviser, the Consultant Team worked with the concerned national lead CTI agencies, national coordinating committees (NCCs), and other country-based stakeholders, as well as with the CTI Regional Secretariat based in Indonesia, to build their capability in technical areas including the following, among others: coastal and marine resource management (CMRM) policy and institutional development, CMRM planning, ridge-to-reef coastal zone management, fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and control of illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing, climate change adaptation (CCA), sustainable financing (SF), alternative livelihood development, knowledge management (KM), and public awareness. The PMC Team provided technical assistance to the NCCs and CTI agencies in implementing the subregional and national subprojects selected for implementation under the TA. In addition, given the existing capacity limitations in the IAs and other concerned local government agencies, the technical specialists provide guided, “hands-on” experience in developing the required knowledge and skills to concerned government personnel throughout the duration of this project. In the climate change area, the Regional Climate Change Specialist and the three national climate change specialists were responsible for developing guidelines for conducting vulnerability assessment and in designing and implementing CCA measures to strengthen coastal and marine resource and environmental management in the coastal and marine ecosystems in the CT. To support the consultants in their various tasks, PRIMEX designated a Project Coordinator to serve as the key support person in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) that had been set up at the PRIMEX offices in Ortigas Center within the vicinity of ADB. In addition, PRIMEX assigned a national Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist to work with the Team at the RPMO in the production of knowledge products based on the outputs of the TA for widespread dissemination and utilization for policy, planning, and project implementation purposes. This specialist also coordinated with the KM Specialist at the CTI Regional Secretariat (RSec) in Indonesia in the uploading of knowledge products, information, and other outputs from the CTI-SEA Project on the CTI RSec website to ensure that up-to-date information is made available to all interested parties. At the local level, Project Management Units (PMUs) had been set up within the premises of the national project coordinating offices (NPCOs) in the three countries. The PMUs operated under the supervision of the DTLs and were staffed by an administrative cum accounting assistant and a messenger/driver/utilityman, who assisted the DTLs in their administrative tasks.