Critical reflections from fostering adaptive community-based, co-management in Solomon Islands' small-scale fisheries

Adaptive co-management approaches have been at the core of attempts to apply resilience principles to small-scale fisheries. Although recommendations of what should be done to promote resilience are commonplace, insights from practice are rare. The authors provide a critical analysis of WorldFish's effort to improve the resilience of small-scale fisheries, particularly experiences with facilitating, implementing and sustaining a collaborative form of management referred to as community-based resource management (CBRM) in five regions in Solomon Islands over nine years. A participatory diagnosis and adaptive management framework was applied to foster the emergence of CBRM in intense community engagements.