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

Strengthening the science-policy interface

There is a need to strengthen the science-policy interface in support of small-scale fisheries, so that policy reform can lead to increased integration of sustainable resource management with social and economic development. To achieve this, it is necessary to improve capacities of governments and other stakeholders to develop and strengthen legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks for the application of the principles of the SSF Guidelines. 

FAO provides technical support and legal assistance to review policy and legal frameworks, with the goal of creating an enabling environment for implementing the SSF Guidelines. FAO also promotes exchange of related experiences by identifying, documenting and sharing good practices, and encourages the use of such knowledge to support policy reforms.

Improved data and knowledge can support implementation of the SSF Guidelines around the world. FAO, in partnership with World Fish and Duke University, undertaking a large study to better quantify the contribution of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development. Find out more about the ongoing study on the Facts and Figures page.