WWF launches policy analysis toolkit

Duncan Williams (left), Dr Desmond Amosa, Katarina Atalifo, Ian Cartwright, David Power and Sai Too Cio displaying the Tuna analysis and engagement toolkit at the Tuna workshop held at Tanoa Plaza on June 14, 2018. Picture: RAMA

THE World Wildlife Funds (WWF) launched the ‘Policy Analysis and Engagement Toolkit: A guide for Pacific Non-Government Organizations in the Fisheries Sector’ at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva.

The toolkit was launched in a bid to better equip civil society NGOs to deal with policy issues on the Pacific region’s tuna industry.
WWF-Pacific’s Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Programme Manager Duncan Williams said in order for non-state actor (NSA) representatives to effectively engage and influence national and regional fisheries policy dialogue, they needed to be proficient in policy analysis and this was where the toolkit came.

Toolkit author Dr Desmond Amosa said the toolkit provided a structured approach to evaluating fisheries and fisheries-impacted policies and developing policy position submissions.

“The model proposed addresses the fundamentals of policy analysis and importantly, it helps NSAs officials gain a good understanding in doing policy analysis for their own purpose,” Dr Amosa said.

The toolkit formulation is a partnership between WWF-Pacific’s Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Programme, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and European Union through the “Strengthening Non-State Actors Engagement in Regional Policy Development and Implementation Programme”.