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Report of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultative Meeting on Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: bringing together responsible fisheries and social development, San José, Costa Rica, 20-22 October 2010 / Informe de la reunión consultiva regional de América Latina y el Caribe sobre Proteger la pesca sostenible en pequeña escala: unificación de la pesca responsable y el desarrollo social, San José, Costa Rica, del 20 al 22 de octubre de 2010










FAO. Informe de la reunión consultiva regional de América Latina y el Caribe sobre Proteger la pesca sostenible en pequeña escala: unificación de la pesca responsable y el desarrollo social, San José, Costa Rica, 20-22 de octubre de 2010. Report of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultative Meeting on Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries: Bringing Together Responsible Fisheries and Social Development. San José, Costa Rica, 20–22 October 2010. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report/FA0 Informe de pesca y acuicultura. No. 964. Rome, FAO. 2011. 77p.


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    Report of the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: bringing together responsible fisheries and social development, Maputo, Mozambique, 12-14 October 2010. / Rapport de l’atelier consultatif régional africain sur les pêches artisanales pour une pêche artisanale durable: associer la pêche responsable au développement social, Maputo, Mozambique, 12-14 octobre 2010. 2011
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    The African workshop was one of three regional consultative workshops carried out as a follow-up to the 2009 inception workshop of the FAO Extra-Budgetary Programme on Fisheries and Aquaculture for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security. The workshops built on the outcomes of the Global Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries held in Bangkok in October 2008 and referred to the recommendations made by the 26th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in March 2009 with regard to the potential development of an international instrument and programme for small-scale fisheries. The purpose of the workshops was to provide guidance on the scope and contents of such an international small-scale fisheries instrument and on the possible priorities and implementation modalities for a global assistance programme. It was organised around plenary presentations on key subjects and working group discussions. The workshop agreed that an international instrument on small-scale fisheries and a rela ted programme would be important tools for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries. It recommended that a small-scale fisheries international instrument and assistance programme should be informed by human rights principles and existing instruments relevant to good governance and sustainable development, comprise the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) as a guiding principle for resource management and development and incorporate Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaption (C CA) as an integral part considering that DRM is a continuum process, before, during and after a disaster. The workshop recognised the value and worldwide acceptance of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and strongly felt that a small-scale fisheries instrument should be closely aligned to the Code. The instrument should build on what already exists and use a similar language to the Code. In developing the instrument, reference should be made not only to States but also to other sta keholders, recognizing the shared responsibility with regard to resource sustainability and livelihood security. Local, national and regional ownership should be ensured. Implementation aspects should be considered already at the design stage, including the need for technical guidance and supportive mechanisms. Results monitoring should be based on well-defined impact indicators and be an integral part of the implementation modalities.
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    Report of the Workshop on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, Rome, Italy, 7–10 February 2012 2012
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    In June 2011, the twenty-ninth Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) recommended the development of international guidelines for small-scale fisheries (“SSF Guidelines”). As part of its strategic development process, the FAO Secretariat is engaging in an extensive consultative process with governments, regional organizations, civil society organizations, and small-scale fishers, fish workers and their communities. In this context, a consultative workshop on International Guide lines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries was convened in Rome, Italy, on 7–10 February 2012. The workshop brought together about 30 experts from government, regional organizations, civil society and academia to further discuss the structure, overall considerations and thematic coverage of the Guidelines and to consolidate ideas put forth in the regional and national consultations. Advice was given concerning next steps and additional activities in the guidelines development process. The workshop confirmed the importance of small-scale fisheries as a contributor to poverty alleviation, food and nutrition security, and economic development. The SSF Guidelines should complement the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and draw on its principles and approaches and the discussions confirmed that the guiding principles of the SSF Guidelines should include good governance and human rights. Additional principles, approaches and frameworks to be ref erred to include equity, economic viability, ecosystem based, holistic and integrated approaches. Participants encouraged continued and strengthened collaboration and partnerships, both with regard to the development of the SSF Guidelines as well as for their implementation. The workshop noted the need to build bridges between different stakeholder visions – within the fisheries sector as well as outside – to ensure coherence. A new vision on how to ensure access for small-scale fisher ies communities and giving them resource stewardship responsibilities may be needed, reflecting the need for combining livelihood security and environmental sustainability as one cannot be achieved without the other. Participants stressed that the small-scale fisheries sector should not be portrayed as one in need of aid and as being development dependent, but as a real contributor to socio-economic development and livelihood security. The SSF Guidelines should be a set of ideals to em power the sector and it will be important to create awareness of the potential of small-scale fisheries – if supported and not marginalized – and to build political will at all levels. The workshop agreed that the SSF Guidelines can become a powerful tool in achieving sustainable governance and development of the sector. Support to their implementation will be important, requiring concerted efforts and organizational development and strengthening of capacities at all levels.
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    Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: Bringing together responsible fisheries and social development
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    There is growing international and national recognition of the critical role small-scale fisheries play in food security and poverty alleviation. Latest estimates indicate that they contribute over half of the world's marine and inland fish catch. Yet small-scale fishing communities often face precarious and vulnerable living and working conditions. Contributing factors include insecure rights to land and fishery resources, inadequate or absent health and educational services and social safety n ets, vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change and exclusion from wider development processes due to weak organizational structures and representation and participation in decision-making. In response, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific convened a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 to 8 October 2010 to consult with national and regional stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to identify good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries. This document presents th e outcome of the workshop.

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