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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2020


Analysis / SSF Guidelines

Bridging the Global with the Local

Against the backdrop of the need to operationalize the SSF Guidelines in a participatory manner, the role of the local governance system of India cannot be overemphasized

This article is by J B Rajan (, Associate Professor, Kerala Institute for Local Administration (KILA), India and Haribabu T P (, Freelance Researcher on Coast and Development, India

As a complement to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has developed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines). The objectives of the SSF Guidelines are to be achieved “ empowering small-scale fishing communities, including both men and women, to participate in decision-making processes”, paying “...particular attention... to decentralized and local government structures directly involved in governance and development processes together with small-scale fishing communities...”. The CCRF and the SSF Guidelines are global instruments aimed at states and fishing communities, in particular, towards long-term sustainable use...

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