DRAFT VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES FOR SECURING SUSTAINABLE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication
What are the SSF Guidelines?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO) is leading a process to develop Voluntary Guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication- as a complement to the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). The decision to develop the SSF Guidelines was taken by the 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries(COFI) of the FAO, in February 2011, following recommendations made by the 2008 Global Conference on Small Scale Fisheries, in Bangkok, Thailand (Bangkok Conference). COFI noted that the importance of small-scale fisheries was often not recognized and due attention was not given to the needs of small-scale fishers and their communities.
By making the importance of small-scale fisheries more widely understood and recognized, and by promoting a human rights-based approach, the SSF Guidelines, once adopted by COFI, would enhance the already important role of small-scale fisheries and the contribution they make to global and national efforts towards the eradication of hunger and poverty.