COFI33 Side event – The importance of small-scale fisheries: Global, regional and national initiatives

Coming to  (Committee on Fisheries 33rd Session) this week at the FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department headquarters? Join us Monday lunch at our side event to discuss ongoing work to improve our knowledge of small-scale fisheries contributions to food security and poverty eradication, and on implementation of the SSF guidelines w/ governments from around the world. Looking forward to a great discussion!


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The endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication by the FAO Committee on Fisheries in 2014 was a global recognition of the importance of the sector. Importantly, these SSF Guidelines bring together responsible fisheries and social development, providing a policy framework towards small-scale fisheries sustainability through a holistic and integrated approach, in line with the 2030 Agenda, which rests on the interconnected and indivisible nature of its 17 SDGs.

However, this transformation needs substantial support, including better understanding the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development to make the case for greater political support. This side event will therefore present ongoing work to improve our knowledge of the sector’s contributions, in particular to food security and poverty eradication, and on the implementation of the SSF Guidelines at various levels, which will also support paving the way towards the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022.

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The event will be webcast (FAO)

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