FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Small-scale fishers and fish farmers restoring ecosystems: Stories from Asia

25/11/2021-25/11/2021 Virtual, Bangkok, Thailand


This webinar will showcase examples of actions by fisherfolk to restore the productivity of aquatic ecosystems. Small-scale fishers and fish farmers include some of the world’s most rural marginalised and impoverished people groups, yet their harvests account for over half of the world’s aquatic food production. The marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems their livelihoods depend upon are degraded from human impacts and further at risk from climate change. Restorative actions led by fisherfolk communities can revitalize the socio-ecological services and sustain progress over time. Common approaches include eliminating destructive fishing, reducing overfishing through gear changes and effort control, restoring connectivity of floodplains and fish migration pathways, integrated aquaculture and rice-farming practices, re-stocking native fisheries, rehabilitating and/or re-establishing habitats, and more. Fisherfolk actions are enabled via economic gains, community cohesion and agency, nutritional benefits, increased knowledge and skills, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. There are many common challenges. By sharing stories from different ecosystems, fisheries, and geographies, we seek to help fisherfolk and their partners glean from one another and achieve faster progress.  The report on  which the webinar is based contributes to the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA 2022) and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

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13.00 – 13.05  Opening remarks

13.05 – 13.50  Presentation by Dr Naomi Gardiner

13.50 – 14.30  Q & A

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