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International Workshop on: Towards Socially Just and Sustainable Fisheries: ICSF Workshop on Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)
  • :2014
  • :98
  • :978 93 80802 33 6
Abstract

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON

Towards Socially Just and Sustainable Fisheries: ICSF Workshop on Implementing
the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries
in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)

Report

This publication is a report of the proceedings of the ICSF Pondy Workshop, which focused on the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). The workshop brought together 71 participants from 20 countries representing civil society organizations, governments, FAO, academia and fishworker organizations from both the marine and inland fisheries sectors.

This report will be found useful for fishworker organizations, researchers, policymakers, members of civil society and anyone interested in small-scale fisheries, food security and poverty eradication.

Introduction to the SSF Guidelines: Objectives of the Workshop

Presenters: Nalini Nayak and Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk

The session that followed, titled “Introduction to the SSF Guidelines: Links to the Objectives of the Workshop”, was facilitated by Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Member, ICSF, and Nalini Nayak, Member, ICSF, who provided a brief introduction to the SSF Guidelines and outlined the objectives of the Workshop as they related to the SSF Guidelines.

The session set the stage for the events and discussions that followed through the four days of the Workshop, while simultaneously attempting to set an agenda and put in place a strategic plan to collectively move forward.

Nalini impressed upon the Workshop participants that the achievement of having got the SSF Guidelines approved was not a small one; it was testimony to the collective dream shared by many who have long worked for small-scale fisheries.

One of the main purposes of organizing the Workshop, she said, was to decide on how the process was going to now move forward, towards implementation of the SSF Guidelines. She highlighted particular aspects of the SSF Guidelines that would prove to be challenges along the way. One concern was the voluntary nature of the SSF Guidelines.

However, since the