This statement to leaders at the summit of European Union and the African Union in Brussels (17-18 February, 2022) was made by the African Confederation of Artisanal Maritime and Inland Fisheries Professional Organisations (CAOPA); International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF); AFRIFISH, the continental platform of non-state actors in African fisheries; Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA); Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World); and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
In view of the summit of the European Union and African Union, our organizations call on European and African decision makers to join forces to support sustainable artisanal fisheries in Africa, by implementing, through their respective policies and partnerships, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) and the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).he year 2022 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. In Africa, artisanal fisheries employ more than ten million men and women, and feed more than 200 million Africans. African fisheries, 75 per cent of which are artisanal, are the largest sector of the blue economy in Africa, whether in terms of contribution to food security, employment or household income generation.
Our organizations propose that the AU and the EU take concrete action in three priority areas:
In all the actions–whether in resource management, fisheries partnerships and projects–transparent mechanisms to involve fishing communities and civil society is essential. The support given to regional and continental non-State fisheries actors’ platforms through the FISH GOV I and FISH GOV II projects is a positive example of such participation. This dialogue with artisanal fisheries must be strengthened, in all aspects of Europe-Africa fisheries relations, from bilateral and multilateral fisheries agreements to project programming or the evaluation of their results.
WE ARE READY TO ENGAGE!
Read the full statement here: https://caopa.org/en/declaration-au-eu-summit-european-and-african-decision-makers-should-join-forces-to-support-sustainable-artisanal-fisheries-in-africa/15/02/2022/news/3949/