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

Part 3: Ensuring an enabling environment and supporting implementation

Policy coherence, institutional coordination and collaboration

The SSF Guidelines stress that states should recognize the need for and work towards policy coherence with regard to national legislation, international human rights law and other international instruments. States should develop spatial planning approaches and ensure that fisheries policy provides a sustainable long-term vision. Small-scale fisheries stakeholders should promote collaboration among their professional associations.

Information, research and communication

Information, communication and research are extremely important for effective decision- making, for all stakeholders and small- scale fisheries communities. States should endeavour to prevent corruption, particularly through increasing transparency, and ensure that the knowledge, culture and traditions of small-scale fishing communities, are recognized.

Capacity development

Enhancing the capacity of small-scale fishing communities in order to enable them to participate in decision-making processes should be a priority of all the states and parties involved. To this effect, it should be ensured that the range and diversity of the small-scale fisheries subsector along the entire value chain is appropriately represented through the creation of legitimate, democratic and representative structures.

Implementation support and monitoring

Lastly, states and all other parties should work together to create awareness of the Guidelines, promoting aid effectiveness and responsible use of financial resources, implementing the Guidelines in accordance with national priorities and circumstances. States should also recognize the importance of monitoring systems that allow their institutions to assess progress towards implementation of the objectives and recommendations in these Guidelines.