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

Social protection for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean region - Policy brief

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01/06/2019

This policy brief looks at how the extension of social protection coverage for small-scale fishers could contribute to the twin goals of improved livelihoods and sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and how this might be achieved.

The need to address these challenges was identified in the 2018 Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF), which set the goal of improving livelihoods in the region and highlighted decent work and social protection as key components of future strategy, in line with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which call for an end to poverty by 2030 and extending social protection to reach the poor and vulnerable.

This brief outlines concrete actions in the social protection sector which could contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of small-scale fisheries, extracted from Social protection for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean region: A review (FAO, 2019).

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