Mid-Term Performance Evaluation of the Collaborative Management of a Sustainable Fisheries Future in Senegal Project
The Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future in Senegal (COMFISH) program aims to make Senegal’s fisheries sector more productive and sustainable, while also enhancing the participation of artisanal fishermen and women. This report evaluates its mid-term performance.
COMFISH is a collaboration between Senegal and the University of Rhode Island and local partners. Its original focus has been expanded to include climate adaptation.
The evaluation found that the program has contributed to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries.
The project is being well implemented with most of the activities completed in a timely and effective manner. Regarding climate change, it is raising climate awareness; is developing adaptation plans and has implemented these in several coastal communities; contributed technical research for government policy analysts; and provided support for the integration of climate adaptation measures into Senegal’s national fishery policy.
The evaluation team listed recommendations regarding project implementation.
It said that if the project were to end soon, its achievements would be at risk. It therefore urged COMFISH to develop an exit strategy. If it were to be extended, evaluators said the major focus should be on collecting baseline data, supporting local agreements, promoting aquaculture and providing better access to credit and markets for stakeholders.