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Develop a human-rights approach to fisheries, Rio+20 told June 21,2012   |  Source: ICSF

At a side event on the ongoing Rio+20, the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) organized a session on "Dialogue on the Human Rights Approach to Fisheries", which addressed, in particular, access rights to resources and territories.

The side event was held on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 in Tent 1 at the Peoples Summit, Aterro do Flamengo Beach, Rio de Janeiro.

Rene Scharer, Member, ICSF, made a presentation on the Voluntary Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He spoke about the objectives of the guidelines and the expectations of civil society organizations, based on reports of civil society consultations on the guidelines in different parts of the world over the past 18 months.

The meeting was also an opportunity for sharing and learning. Marizelha of MPP, the Brazilian movement of artisanal fishers, talked about conflicts with oil and gas and tourism industries, which fishers confront in coastal and marine waters in Brazil.

Naina Pierri, Member, ICSF, and Professor, Federal University of Parana, Brazil, talked about the territorial rights of Brazilian fishing communities, in both land and sea.

Rovina Mauhmus of the


© 2012, ICSF

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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