Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries:
Bringing together responsible fisheries
and social development

Bangkok, Thailand
6-8 October 2010


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

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There is growing international and national recognition of the critical role small-scale fisheries play in food security and poverty alleviation. Latest estimates indicate that they contribute over half of the world抯 marine and inland fish catch. Yet small-scale fishing communities often face precarious and vulnerable living and working conditions. Contributing factors include insecure rights to land and fishery resources, inadequate or absent health and educational services and social safety nets, vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change and exclusion from wider development processes due to weak organizational structures and representation and participation in decision-making. In response, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific convened a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 to 8 October 2010 to consult with national and regional stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to identify good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries. This document presents the outcome of the workshop.