Directives volontaires visant à assurer la durabilité de la pêche artisanale
dans le contexte de la sécurité alimentaire et de l'éradication de la pauvreté

Towards the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in the Near East and North Africa Region

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07/12/2015

Following the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in June 2014 and in line with paragraph 13.6 of the document itself calling for the development of regional plans of action for their implementation, a regional workshop was held in Muscat, Oman to discuss the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in the Near East and North Africa region.

The consultation was co-organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) of the Sultanate of Oman and FAO in collaboration with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). INFOSAMAK Centre provided additional assistance. It was attended by 40 participants representing governments, academia, non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), regional and international organizations and civil society organizations (CSOs), coming from 13 countries in the Near East and North Africa region.

The consultation confirmed the importance of small-scale fisheries in the Near East and North Africa region as a contributor to poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition, and economic development. It also confirmed the importance of the SSF Guidelines as a tool for supporting securing sustainable small-scale fisheries governance and development. Small-scale fisheries often represent traditional values and a way of life in the region. Achieving sustainable governance and development of the sector will require concerted efforts, including organizational development and strengthening of capacities at all levels.

The consultation provided the opportunity to share information and experiences in support of small-scale fisheries in the region. Priority areas for action in the region as well as opportunities for implementation were identified by participants. FAO will continue to support these processes in collaboration with its partners with a view to securing sustainable small-scale fisheries and enhancing the sector’s contribution to food security and nutrition, poverty alleviation and natural resources management.

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