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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.

Field Trips: Puducherry and Nagapattinam

Two field trips were organized on the second day of the workshop, on 22 July. One group (of 20 participants) visited sites along the Puducherry (Pondicherry) coast and interacted with the local NGO, PondyCAN. The other group (of 38 participants) went to Nagapattinam, where they visited the local fish auction hall and interacted with the area’s ooru panchayat (a local unit of governance), members from the South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS), and the women’s organization SNEHA. Background information on both areas, highlighting pertinent issues and the relevance of the provisions of the SSF Guidelines, was circulated to the participants prior to the workshop. (For the Puducherry field trip, see “Coastal commons and fish marketing” (http://igssf.icsf.net/images/ssf/gbfieldtrip-pondy.doc and for the Nagapattinam field trip, see “Traditional governance systems: Good practices in fisheries management, governance and women’s role in governance and post-harvest fish trade” http://igssf.icsf.net/images/ssf/gb%20field%20trip-nagai.doc).

(see Annexures 3 and 4.)