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Guidelines for increasing access of small-scale fisheries to insurance services in Asia

The purpose of these insurance guidelines is fourfold, i.e.:

  •  to increase awareness about the needs of small-scale fishers for better risk management, disaster preparedness and insurance services;
  •  to guide policy and decision makers to help introduce insurance services to small-scale fishers, with the ultimate objective to strengthen the sustainability and ecological and economic viability of these fisheries;
  •  to build capacity among insurance providers, fisherfolk organizations, NGOs, and concerned government agencies, to design and implement insurance programmes that suit the needs of small-scale fishing communities and enhance social protection;
  •  to promote insurance services that incentivize and reward a responsible and sustainable conduct of fishing operations and a better preparedness for natural disasters including climate change related challenges.