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CSO statement at the FAO Negotiations on SSF Guidelines (20 May 2013)

 

CSO meeting before the FAO Negotiations on SSF Guidelines (May 2013)

35 Civil Society delegates representing small scale fisheries from 19 countries across South and North America, Africa, Asia and Europe met in Rome over Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19th May to prepare for Technical Consultations on a new international instrument. The new instrument, in the form of International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries is the outcome of years of struggles and more recently, close cooperation with the FAO.

Naseegh Jafeer from the World Forum of Fisherpeoples (WFFP) noted that struggles dont always lead to better life, as witnessed by the situation of small scale fishing communities in his country, South Africa. Gaoussou Gueye, representing the African Confederation of Professional Artisanal Fishworkers (CAOPA) stated that the guidelines were vital for eliminating poverty, fighting against illegal fishing, and adapting to climate change. He emphasised the vulnerability of small scale fisheries in the African region, and noted that too many projects in the past had failed to deliver. He hoped that through implementing the guidelines once adopted, small scale fishing communities would be able to claim their rights.

Mitchell Lay, representing the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations commented that in his view the aim of the Guidelines was to secure livelihoods for all small scale fishers for the future.

The CSO delegation was hosted by the FAO Office of Corporate Communications and Partnerships (OSC). Their meeting was inaugurated by Mr Lahsen Ababouch, Divisional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics from the FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Delegates also heard from Mr Rolf Willmann who has been responsible in FAO for leading the process of developing the Guidelines, and from Dr Fabio Hazim from Brazil, who is the designated Chair of the Technical Consultations.

The meeting enabled CSO delegates to share experiences from the consultations in their countries and regions, to review the draft text of the guidelines and to drafts their responses, and to prepare an opening statement to be read out by SeƱora Zoils Bustamente, the President of the Chilean National Confederation of Artisanal Fishermen (CONAPACH).

 

 

 

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 Sherry Pictou makes a point about First Nations people with delegates from the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (Pierre Verrault) and Maritime Fishermen's Union (Christian Brun).

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 Maria Martilene Rodrigues de Lima, a fisherwoman from Ceara in North Brazil, and Coordinator of the National Brazilian Movement of Fishermen and Fisherwomen (MPP) explains about the struggle for rights in Brazil, watched by Beatriz Ferreira.

 

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The Chair of the Technical Consultations, Dr Fabio Hazim, explains to the CSO delegates how he will organize the meeting, observed by Cairo Laguna, President of the Nicaraguan Federation of Artisanal Fishermen.

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 Delegates from West Africa, Gaoussou Gueye from Senegal and Sid Ahmed Abeid from Mauritania

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 Delegates from West Africa, Gaoussou Gueye from Senegal and Sid Ahmed Abeid from Mauritania

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The meeting was inaugurated by Mr Lahsen Ababouch, Divisional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics from the FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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The meeting was inaugurated by Mr Lahsen Ababouch, Divisional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics from the FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture