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Report of the ICSF-BOBLME India (East Coast) Workshop: Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines): Report prepared by Seema Shenoy
  • :2015
  • :Report prepared by Seema Shenoy
  • :54
  • :978 93 80802 36 7
Abstract

Report of the ICSF-BOBLME India
(East Coast) Workshop


Implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines)

Opening Session

Remembering Chandrika

The SSF Guidelines are dedicated “In honour of Chandrika Sharma, who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the lives of fishworkers all over the world and who contributed invaluably to the formulation of these Guidelines”. Making the opening address, John Kurien, Member, ICSF, reminded the gathering of Chandrika’s invaluable contributions to the drafting of the SSF Guidelines. He urged that we carry forward the implementation with the same principles that Chandrika espoused of “commitment, correctness, and consciousness of the great cycle of Life”—the qualities that Pierre Gillet, former Secretary of ICSF, had attributed to her.

Introduction to the Workshop

Introducing the workshop and its objectives, Sebastian Mathew, Executive Secretary, ICSF, provided a brief history of the development of the SSF Guidelines and laid out the agenda that would set the tone for the discussions that followed. The SSF Guidelines, he said, were the first FAO instrument to be developed through a ground-up participatory and consultative process, and were hence of tremendous value to small-scale fishing communities worldwide. The SSF Guidelines sought to assist governments to provide policy space to small-scale fisheries in accordance with, and in recognition...