Programme and Presentation (India)

ICSF-BOBLME India (East Coast) Workshop:
Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication
(SSF Guidelines)
6-7 March 2015



6 March 2015: Day 1 
8:30-9:00 a.m Registration
9:15-10:45 a.m

Opening Session

Ms Ramya Rajagopalan
Programme Associate
International Collective in Support of Fishworkers

Dr. John Kurien
Member, ICSF 

Remembering Chandrika: Dr. John Kurien

Introduction to the Workshop
Mr. Sebastian Mathew 
Executive Secretary
International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Opening Address
Ms. Santha Sheela Nair. I.A.S
Vice-Chairperson, Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission, Chennai

Opening Remarks
Dr Kevin Gallagher
FAO Representative in India (ad Interim)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome 

Implementing the SSF Guidelines: The role of State and non-State Actors
Ms. Nicole Franz
Fishery Planning Analyst
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Strategic Action Programme of BOBLME and the Implementation of SSF Guidelines
Mr. CM Muralidharan
Project Manager, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project, Phuket, Thailand

Promoting Social Development and Sustainable Fisheries: How can the FAO SSF Guidelines help?
Ms. Nalini Nayak
Member, ICSF

10:45-11:00 a.m  Tea
11:00 a.m-13:00 p.m

Session: Small-scale Fisheries and SSF Guidelines:
Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities
Mr. Venkatesh Salagrama,
Director, Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Member, ICSF
(overview and moderation )

Reports from Sub-national Workshops by fisher representatives
West Bengal
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu

Response from State governments

13:00-14:00 p.m Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 p.m

Panel Discussion:
Implementing the FAO-SSF Guidelines: Is there need for governance reforms? (How to create an enabling socio-economic, legal and policy environment for small-scale fisheries)
Moderator: Mr. V.Vivekanandan, ICSF Member

Panel speakers

Dr. Yugraj Singh Yadava, Director, Bay of Bengal Inter-governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO)

Dr. Ganesh Chandra, Scientist, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore

Mr. T. Raja, Traditional Panchayat Representative

Mr. Manash Choudhury, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

Ms. Albertina Almeida, Legal expert, women’s rights issues

15:30-16:00 p.m  Tea
16:00-18:00 p.m Group discussions on different aspects of the SSF Guidelines

Presentation of Group Reports and Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Ujjaini Halim, Treasurer,
World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF)

7 March 2015: Day 2 

08:30 a.m -12:30 p.m

Panel Discussion: 

Contextualizing the Guidelines
Moderator: Dr Yugraj Singh Yadava, Director, BOBP-IGO

1. SSF Guidelines and inland small-scale fisheries
Dr. V.V. Sugunan, Assistant Director General (Retd), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi

2. Tenure rights in inland fisheries
Ms. Sumana Narayanan, ICSF

3. Ecosystem approach to fisheries and small-scale fishery- based livelihoods
Dr. E. Vivekanandan, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Chennai

4. Customary rights to land and sea: Negotiating tenure rights
Mr. Probir Bannerjee, President, Pondy Citizen’s Action Network (Pondy CAN), Puducherry, and Mr. Saravanan,Fisher, Urur olcott Kuppam, Puducherry

5. Disaster management and small-scale fishery based livelihoods: Lessons learnt from disaster-resistant housing, Tamil Nadu
Ms. Annie George, Chief Executive Officer,  Building and Enabling Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities (BEDROC), Nagapattinam, and Mr Sajith Sukumaran, Consultant, FishMARC

6. Climate smart fishing: Development of solar-powered fishing vessels, Thoothoor
Mr. Vincent Jain, Association for Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen (ADSGAF) , Thoothoor

7. Post-harvest and trade: Social development and women fish vendors
Ms. Jesu Rethinam, Director, Social Need Education and Human Awareness (SNEHA), Nagapattinam

8. Food Security and right to food
Ms Kavitha Srivastava, Convenor, Right to Food Campaign and National Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), New Delhi

9. Legal actions in protecting human rights of small-scale fishing communities
Ms. Gayathri Singh, Advocate, Mumbai High Court, and Member, Human Rights Law Network, Maharashtra 

Interactive Session

12:30-13:30 p.m Lunch 
13:30-16:00 p.m Panel Discussion

Developing Road Map for Improving Governance, Human Development and Sustainable Use of Fishery Resources (based on the SSF Guidelines)
Moderator: Mr. CM Muralidharan, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project, Phuket, Thailand

Panel Speakers

Mr. M. Ilango, Chairperson, National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF)

Dr K Sunil Mohamed, Principal Scientist and Head, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)

Dr. Sonali Huria, Research, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

Ms Mary Chinna Rani, Director, Department of Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare 

Ms D. Nagasaila, Advocate, Madras High Court

Open Discussion: Moving Forward

Valedictory Remarks
Dr. Raja Sekhar Vundru. I.A.S. Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying &Fisheries (DAHD&F), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Mariette Correa,
Programme Co-ordinator, ICSF