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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.

Feedback from Groups in Plenary

Moderators: C M Muralidharan and Alain Le Sann

Before the workshop participants could begin to discuss the issues brought up in the various presentations, a brief summary was provided by Jackie (for Group I) and Sumana Narayanan of the ICSF Secretariat (for Group II). While recounting the experiences, challenges and opportunities of the various contexts, it became apparent that across communities, countries and contexts, a number of key common challenges had emerged. At the same time, the diversity of the groups represented also made relevant the need to develop adaptive strategies that would address these common issues while, at the same time, accommodate and respect this diversity. The following issues emerged as cross-cutting and key themes that could potentially feed the discussions on developing a common plan of strategic action in light of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines:

  • A close linkage between human rights and secure livelihoods, and the interdependence of safeguarding the environment to sustain fisheries was recognized across communities. The need to promote and demand rights (including rights of access to resources, land, education, decent work and gender equality, among others) was the thrust of numerous movements across cont