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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.

Panel Discussion: What is the Role of CSOs in Implementation?

Moderators: Jackie Sunde and V. Vivekanandan

Panellists: Vivienne Solis Rivera, Mogamad Naseegh Jaffer, Rolf Willmann, Editrudith Lukanga and John Kurien

The panel discussion on the role of CSOs in the implementation included the perspectives of a diverse panel of five speakers who presented a variety of contexts while highlighting common objectives and roles of CSOs at various levels.

Vivienne, while addressing the role of CSOs in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, touched upon the experience of Latin America, South America and Central America. Civil society and CSOs, she said, was a ‘diverse creature’. This diversity was a great source of potential that should be drawn upon while looking at all of the aspects in the implementation process. The role of CSOs was not just restricted to how they would help in the implementation but also how they could drill down to the key topics and debating areas, from where the principles of the SSF Guidelines took shape, and engage with this role with other stakeholders and actors.

Vivienne highlighted four key topics that were identified for Latin America and Central America, and had undoubted relevance for other contexts as