General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

SSF University

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Mission statement

The “SSF University” is designed to build capacity of small-scale fishers and fish workers on select topics, to share knowledge and to promote the exchange of best practices throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

This initiative responds to the recommendations within the Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) on the need to ensure that small-scale fishers and fish workers have the necessary capacity and skills to contribute towards sustainable small-scale fisheries and livelihoods. In particular, Paragraph 39 e of the RPOA-SSF calls upon countries to:

“Facilitate education and training opportunities for men and women of the fisheries sector, such as summer universities, aimed at developing fisheries-specific skills, policy knowledge (fisheries, environment) and, in particular, knowledge and innovative solutions and technology developments”.

This initiative also supports implementation of the SSF Guidelines, which strongly recommend enhancing the capacity of small-scale fishing communities to enable them to participate in decision-making and development processes.

The “SSF University” consists of a series of workshops and training courses for small-scale fisheries stakeholders, focusing on the fishers and fish-workers active in the sector. The structure of each workshop varies and may consist of classroom learning, in the field experience and peer-to-peer exchanges.

An overview of the programme*, including details on how to participate in each course, is given below.

* In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to organize in-person meetings, many of the originally proposed SSF University courses for 2020 have necessarily been postponed or adapted to online formats. Further details on the courses confirmed to take place in 2020 can be found under “Upcoming courses (2020)”. Information on courses that have been postponed and are foreseen to take place in 2021 can be found under “Postponed courses (2021)”. Further details will be posted as they emerge.

COMPLETED COURSES

10 November 2020 | National SSF University days: Addressing common regional SSF issues (Online)

Organizer FAO Mediterranean Projects (AdriaMed, CopeMedII, EastMed, MedSudMed) and the BlackSea4Fish project
When 10 November 2020, 1 day
Where Workshops took place simultaneously in the countries where the FAO Mediterranean Projects and the BlackSea4Fish project operate. The events were hosted by the national research institutes. Where possible, the events were in person; alternatively virtual events were organized. Participating countries: Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Gaza strip-Palestine, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey.
Course objective and agenda The course addressed common regional SSF issues such as collaborative science (including participatory data collection, reporting and monitoring), local ecological knowledge (LEK), climate change and environmental impacts of fishing.
Target participants Nationals of the participating countries: small-scale fishers, fish workers and representatives of SSF organizations    
Language of instruction Plenary sessions were in English. Breakout sessions were held in the language of the hosting countries
Course outcomes

Find more information on the event here.

UPCOMING COURSES

24th November 2020* (part 1)/January 2021 (part2)/February 2021 (part 3) | Co-management best practices: learning exchange and virtual site visit (Spain)

Organizer WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative
When 24 November 2020 12.00 - 14.00 CET
Where Online
Course objective and agenda The training was organized online and conducted as a virtual site visit to Conil de la Frontera (Spain). The training will be completed by two other sessions which will take place in January (session 2) and February (session 3) 2021 TBC. The aim of the training is to exchange experiences and learn about co-management including topics such as traceability, transparency, value addition and marketing, and local tourism.
Target participants Nationals of Mediterranean countries: small-scale fishers and representatives of SSF organizations 
Language of instruction Albanian, Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Croatian, Greek, Italian and Turkish
Course outcomes
Learn more about the event.
POSTPONED COURSES (2021)*

TBD | Participation of SSF platforms in decision-making processes in the context of the GFCM: Capacity building for Black Sea SSF organizations (Bulgaria)

Organizer General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)
When TBD – 1.5 days
Where Burgas, Bulgaria
Course objective and agenda The workshop will introduce participants to the work of the GFCM, with particular focus on its work on SSF, as well as provide practical information on how SSF organizations can productively engage with the GFCM. Participants will share and exchange knowledge about existing organizations in the Black Sea region and their capacity building needs. Best practices from the hosting country will be showcased.
Target participants Nationals of Black Sea countries: small-scale fishers, fish workers, SSF organization representatives and other relevant stakeholders  
Language of instruction English (other languages TBD) 
How to apply and contact information

Instructions for applications will be provided in due course.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

TBD | Participation of SSF platforms in decision-making processes in the context of the GFCM: Capacity building for Mediterranean SSF organizations (Morocco)

Organizer General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)
When TBD – 1.5 days
Where Morocco
Course objective and agenda The workshop will introduce participants to the work of the GFCM, with particular focus on its work on SSF, as well as provide practical information on how SSF organizations can productively engage with the GFCM. Participants will share and exchange knowledge and best practices. Best practices from the hosting country will be showcased.
Target participants Nationals of Mediterranean countries: small-scale fishers, fish workers, SSF organization representatives and other relevant stakeholders    
Language of instruction English, French and Arabic (other languages TBD, as necessary)
How to apply and contact information

Instructions for applications will be provided in due course.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

TBD | Fishing tourism for the blue economy: Strengthening the capacity of SSF stakeholders to develop activities for livelihood diversification (France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia)

Organizer Petra Patrimonia
When TBD (5 days per site at the end of 2020)
Where

Five sites (TBD):

France (Bastia, Toulon), Italy (Catolica), Spain (Vigo), Greece (Pireus), Tunisia (Tabarka)
Course objective and agenda This training aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of SSF communities in order to develop complementary livelihoods with a focus on fisheries diversification activities, including tourism, for higher value-added activities.
This workshop aims to coach trainers capable of accompanying fishers and fishing village communities in the implementation of these diversification activities.
Target participants French, Italian, Greek and Spanish nationals: Small-scale fishers, representatives of SSF organizations and civil society organizations
Language of instruction Language of the hosting country
How to apply and contact information

If you wish to participate or have further information, please contact Remi Bellia ([email protected]) or Tommaso Scavone ([email protected])

 

Requests to participate should clearly include (1.) the name of the training course, (2.) your name, affiliation and country, and (3.) a brief description of why you are interested in the training and how you see that you and your community would benefit from your participation. You will be notified by the organizers as soon as possible if your application has been accepted.

 

More information: http://www.petrapatrimonia-corse.com/portfolio-items/fit4blue/

* Efforts are being made to reschedule SSF University courses, in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Precise dates for these workshops will be provided in due course.

HOW TO APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION

Specific instructions are located under each course description.

HEAR FROM FISHERS

Scientists and small-scale fishers

 

Lebanon - participatory approach

Montenegro - scientists and fishers

Turkey - marine protected areas

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Friends of SSF platform is coordinating the implementation of the SSF University, providing strategic direction and technically supporting, as required, the various workshops/training courses included.

The Steering Committee will review applications for participation and will evaluate applicant eligibility. If there are more applicants than available places in a specific workshop/training course, the Steering Committee retains the right to select participants based on an assessment of the apparent relevance of a chosen course to the applicant’s work. A geographic and gender balance among trainees across the SSF University programme will also be sought.