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How to ensure better social protection for vulnerable fisheries communities

At FAO Headquarters in Rome, various partners, including experts from research institutions, CSOs, academia, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), met 17-18 November for a technical workshop entitled Social protection to foster sustainable management of natural resources and to reduce poverty in fisheries-dependent communities. Worldwide, the fisheries sector employs over 110 million people and feeds billions. The sector is especially important in developing countries, where fisheries and aquaculture provides important opportunities for rural employment and livelihoods and translates into significant trade revenue. Further exacerbating the problem is the fact that coastal and other fishing communities are often located in remote areas where livelihood opportunities are limited. 1 comment(s)

Partners from around the globe gather near Rome to improve coastal fisheries

At Vitorchiano, a small village north of Rome, Italy, forty stakeholders – representing governments, fisherfolk organizations, academia, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and international organizations, including FAO, the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Fund (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Conservation International, and the World Fund for Nature (WWF) – came together to discuss the design of the national and regional projects under the GEF-financed Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI). The four-day workshop covered a wide range of issues related to the ambitious programme, including various aspect of its design, including: outcomes, indicators, monitoring and evaluation, and collaborative learning designed to share experiences across the regional projects. [more]

Issues from Vigo: An International workshop on aquaculture perceptions

We’ve already blogged about the First International Fisheries Stakeholder Forum celebrating the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in Vigo, Spain last month. We’ll also be providing further details of many of the sessions and side events surrounding that event, touching upon various issues related to the code of Conduct. One such issue addressed was how to better communicate the increasingly important role of aquaculture in meeting the growing demand for fish and seafood products. In the two days following the Vigo meeting, an international workshop was held on aquaculture perceptions. [more]

A round-up of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture staff in the media

We will regularly feature on this Blue Growth blog a round-up of newspaper, magazine and journal articles, radio programmes, and television interviews highlighting FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture staff as they share their areas of work on all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture. [more]

An international celebration for 20 years of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

The Atlantic Ocean Spanish port city of Vigo played host to the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries . The Code of Conduct, unanimously adopted by member states at the FAO Conference in October 1995, helps to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over its first two decades, the Code has been bolstered with subsequent instruments and guidelines adopted to support it, including the various International Plans of Actions, instruments to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, ecolabelling for certification, and guidelines on small-scale fisheries to meet the challenges we face over the next twenty years. [more]

Rural development efforts in Myanmar to focus on vulnerable fishing communities

Workshop outcomes. Last week, the Myanmar Department of Rural Development, FAO and partners hosted a workshop to present research findings from a national survey on social protection and poverty dimensions in support of rural development and poverty reduction in Myanmar. The workshop was opened by H.E.U. Tin Ngwe, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development and by Ms Bui Thi Lan, the FAO Representative in Myamnar. [more]

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