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Tenure and Fishing Rights 2018

Participation at UserRights 2018 is open and free to all. There is no registration fee.

(1) Write and submit an abstract about tenure and fishing rights in your chosen fishery.

(2) Complete the questionnaire about the fishery that you are describing.

(3) Use your questionnaire answers to write a paper for the conference proceedings on your case study. Please use the template when writing your paper.

Tenure and UserRights in Fisheries 2018: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

Marine and inland fisheries provide millions of people around the globe with food security and  livelihood opportunities. Advancing knowledge on how the world’s marine and inland capture  fisheries are accessed, used, and managed using various types of rights-based approaches (RBAs) is a crucial step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and attaining food and 
nutrition security and livelihood benefits.

UserRights 2018 will be a neutral platform for the widest variety of participants, including government officials; fishers from industrial, small-scale and indigenous/traditional communities; fisheries-related stakeholders; nongovernment organizations (NGOs); civil society organizations (CSOs); intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and academics from around the world.

As part of progressing from perceptions to experiences, participants will exchange information and concrete examples by providing case studies on how tenure and rights-based approaches (RBAs) can harmonize the concepts of responsible fisheries in social and economic development. Participants will also share ideas on how to address concerns about fair and equitable application of user rights in capture fisheries.

Key guidelines

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

The guidelines are the first comprehensive, global instrument on tenure and its administration to be prepared through intergovernmental negotiations. The guidelines set out principles and internationally accepted standards of responsible practices for the use and control of land, fisheries and forests [...]

Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) represent the first ever international instrument dedicated to small-scale fisheries[...]