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Civil society groups welcome International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries May 20,2013   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

Civil society groups representing small-scale food producers, including fishworkers and indigenous people from over 50 countries in both the North and the South, have welcomed the process initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop new International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries.

This was expressed in a Joint Opening Statement made in Rome, Italy, on 20 May 2013 by the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC), at the ongoing Technical Consultation on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries.

Zoila Bustamente Cardenas, President of the Chilean National Confederation of Artisanal Fishermen, read out the Statement which noted: “Artisanal and small-scale fisheries represent the majority fisheries sector, and we provide the most sustainable model of fishery exploitation from a social, economic and environmental perspective.”

The Statement added: “For us, the process of developing these guidelines represents an important milestone by adopting an inclusive approach to small-scale


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