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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.

The Road to Pondicherry: The Milestones Achieved by CSOs on the Way to the SSF Guidelines: Setting the Stage for Implementation

Presenter: Brian O’Riordan

 Brian O’Riordan’s presentation on the “Road to Pondicherry: The Milestones Achieved by CSOs on the Way to the SSF Guidelines: Setting the Stage for Implementation” traced the history of the collective journey to the SSF Guidelines, and identified important milestones. As suggested by the title of the presentation, revisiting the important achievements along the way was intended to help set the stage for the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Also important was being able to identify who the CSOs and other groups were that were part of the process leading to the development of the SSF Guidelines, and who the new actors would be in future.

Brian described this ‘shared journey’ as having been undertaken in three distinct phases: the first being the Bangkok Process, leading up to the FAO Global Conference on Small-scale Fisheries (4SSF) in 2008; the second phase led up from the Bangkok process to the development of the SSF Guidelines in the period 2009-2012; the third and final phase was negotiating the SSF Guidelines, leading up to their adoption at COFI 31 in June 2014.

Having come from a similar background of promoting small-scale fisheries as a relatively sustainable