APFIC/FAO regional consultative workshop

Best practices to support and improve the livelihoods of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture households

1315 October 2009, Manila, Philippines


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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APFIC. 2009. APFIC/FAO Regional consultative workshop. Best practices to support and improve the livelihoods of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture households, 1315 October 2009, Manila, Philippines. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. RAP Publication 2009/01, 50 pp.


Ensuring that fisheries and aquaculture are undertaken sustainably and equitably lies at the heart of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). Although the CCRF offers some suggestions as to the major areas where this should be applied, it does not offer specific guidance on best practice. It is the function of working arrangements such as the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) to develop this sort of guidance, applicable to the local context of the region and, as part its advocacy role, to bring to the attention of policy-makers, governments, regional organizations and non-governmental organizations, those approaches and practices which offer the best opportunities for improving livelihoods and building resilience in communities. Too often, well intentioned policies are implemented that result in unintended outcomes such as environmental degradation, marginalization of small-scale producers and their families or see benefits captured by other interest groups or elites. It is through taking stock of such lessons of success and failure that we can offer guidance on future efforts and draw attention to those policies or interventions that may not be achieving their intended outcomes or are even creating more problems than they solve. This report contains a set of recommendations developed from an APFIC Regional Consultative workshop that indicate those areas of best practice and policies that support coastal community livelihoods. It also contains advice on practices and policies that are to be avoided. The purpose of the workshop was to generate a greater sense of where Asia-Pacific countries and organizations should be directing their efforts to improve livelihoods and the resilience of communities dependent on fisheries and aquaculture and to set the stage for future dialogue on policy planning and development in the region.