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Project Overview

Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT)

World Bank & FAO

Location: Global
Year: 2022
Project: Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT)
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Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT)

MFE worked with the World Bank and FAO to develop a Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT).

Investment in fisheries infrastructure is critical for developing and managing fisheries and their value chains. From 1973 to 2001, international development assistance for fisheries in developing countries amounted to an estimated US $4.6 billion, with a significant portion dedicated to infrastructure. The success of these investments varies, prompting the creation of the Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT) to enhance decision-making and ensure long-term sustainability.

The Fisheries Infrastructure Assessment Tool (FIAT) aims to support the decision-making process of fisheries infrastructure investments in order to strengthen their overall performance including long-term sustainability. The FIAT will be especially useful in early stages of a project cycle when design adjustments are less costly and easier to implement. The FIAT forms a part of the World Bank’s Fisheries Sector Assessment Toolkit (FSAT).

FIAT, part of the World Bank’s Fisheries Sector Assessment Toolkit (FSAT), is applicable to various investments, including enhancing existing structures and developing new ones. These investments, funded by public or private capital, encompass fishing ports, harbors, landing sites, fish markets, seafood processing units, and other supporting structures. FIAT addresses physical facilities, supporting services, management, and maintenance, initially focusing on ports, harbors, and landing sites, with future versions potentially covering post-harvest infrastructure.

One of the goals of the tool is to improve the economic, social, and environmental benefits of fisheries infrastructure investments by ensuring alignment with government policies and stakeholder needs. FIAT supports users in identifying, designing, implementing, and evaluating projects, accessible to practitioners, project teams, town planners, municipalities, and fisher community groups. While specialized knowledge is not required, involving all stakeholders, especially government representatives, is crucial. FIAT facilitates discussions on potential investments and requires expertise in various areas, including technical, financial, economic, social, institutional, political, and environmental aspects.

By addressing strategic location, project design, stakeholder buy-in, and effective management, FIAT helps mitigate risks throughout the project cycle. It aims to prevent underperformance and ensure successful infrastructure investments, supporting the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

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