Directrices voluntarias para lograr la sostenibilidad de la pesca en pequeña escala 
en el contexto de la seguridad alimentaria y la erradicación de la pobreza

Social protection for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean region


This review was commissioned by FAO with a view to strengthening social protection systems in support of sustainable rural poverty reduction, in FAO members’ countries.

It also responds to a call from the 2016 conference “Building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea” (Algeria, March 2016), jointly organized by FAO, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and other partners. This review includes the findings of a desk study, complemented by consultation and validation missions, on social protection systems in place and available to small-scale fishers in Mediterranean riparian states, and it outlines the specific cases of five Mediterranean countries (Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia), setting out best practices and sharing recommendations.

The review appraises various aspects of providing social protection benefits, notably social security, social assistance, state subsidies, state health and health insurance, and private insurance as well as the benefits offered by civil society, mutual societies, cooperatives, communities and, where appropriate, zakat.


Read the full report (95 pages) in English and in French

Read the short version (16 pages) in English and in French