TITLE

AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON SECURING SUSTAINABLE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES: BRINGING TOGETHER RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Report;2011, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The African workshop was one of three regional consultative workshops carried out as a follow-up to the 2009 inception workshop of the FAO Extrabudgetary 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 from 13 to 17 October 2008 and referred to the recommendations made by the Twenty-sixth 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. The workshop was organized around plenary presentations on key subjects and working group discussions. The workshop agreed that an international instrument on small-scale fisheries and a related 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 adaptation (CCA) as an integral part considering that DRM is a continuum process, before, during and after a disaster. The workshop recognized 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 stakeholders, 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.
ACCESSION #
74588550

 

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