Initiatives to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).

Welcome address: The SSF Guidelines is the Route Outlined by Fisherfolks and their Organizations by Vivienne Solis Rivera, Member, ICSF

Presentation on Implementation of the SSF Guidelines: FAO-ICSF Project by Sebastian Mathew, Executive Director, ICSF

Presentation on SSF Guidelines implementation: FAO’s SSF Umbrella Programme and examples of specific initiatives by Lena Westlund, FAO

The discussion identified the following points:

  • Enhance the implementation of the SSF Guidelines and promote such initiatives of governments and civil society in a collaborative manner
  • Recognize the importance of advocacy and awareness raising, including consultation and participation of fishers and Indigenous Peoples, and policymakers in decision-making processes,
  • Promote awareness of the SSF Guidelines instrument through its translation into local languages, and inclusion in school and university curricula (e.g. Nigeria)
  • Promote community-level action towards sustainable fisheries and livelihoods
  • Secure access to marine and inland fisheries of SSF communities and develop mechanisms to understand how SSF can contribute to the sustainable future of food production in different countries