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An all-inclusive, participatory, human-rights-based approach needed for aquaculture policies and legislation: ICSF Statement at GCA2020 September 24,2021   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

The imperative for a human-rights-based approach to development in aquaculture, especially in the post-COVID19 scenario, keeping in mind the need to strengthen or develop robust farmers' and workers' organizations, and improve the capacity of aquaculture authorities alongside civil society partners, was stressed in a Statement made by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) at the Global Conference on Aquaculture +20 (GCA2020), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), and hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, held during 22-25 September 2021 at Shanghai, China.

The Statement, made by Sebastian Mathew on behalf of ICSF on 24 September 2021 at the session on Social and Human Dimensions of Aquaculture, noted that there are cases of customary rights being extinguished or replaced with leasing arrangements for non-resident investors, access to fishing grounds being denied due to the location of shrimp farms or cage culture, share-cropping patterns being disrupted, and tenure rights of marginal farmers being threatened by changing land use.

There are further cases of multiuse village ponds becoming single-use fish farms, salinity


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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