Article: Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries

Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries


Authors: Andrew M. Song, Shannon D. Bower, Paul Onyango, Steven J. Cooke, Shehu L. Akintola, Jan Baer, Tek B. Gurung, Missaka Hettiarachchi, Mohammad Mahmudul Islam, Wilson Mhlanga, Fiona Nunan, Pekka Salmi, Vipul Singh, Xavier Tezzo, Simon J. Funge-Smith, Prateep Nayak, and Ratana Chuenpagdee

This synthesis paper explores intersectoral governance in inland fisheries, starting from the recognition that the activity is closely related to and impacted by other essential human activities that rely on the same fresh or brackish water ecosystems, and arguing that the understanding of fisheries' interactions with these external sectors is critical for achieving fisheries sustainability. Based on 11 case studies from around the world, the authors propose four broad discursive mechanisms that can structure the study of the intersectoral dynamics, i.e., system characterization, valuation, power relations, and vertical policy interaction. 

The paper calls for the use of intersectoral lenses in inland fisheries research and policy for a more systematic understanding of interactions, ultimately contributing to integrated governance of waterbodies and sustainable water development. It also highlights the need for more attention to inland fish and fisheries, which have been largely overlooked in research, policy and decision-making in spite of their importance. 

Also in recognition of inland fisheries marginalization, and as part of a broader effort to generate a more coherent understanding of the sector’s integral functions as well as the key factors that pose threats to its maintenance, TBTI has previously launched an e-book publication 'Inter-Sectoral Governance of Inland Fisheries'  which aimed to create a global-level survey of governance challenges that inland fisheries face, and highlight useful lessons for alleviating challenges and thus improving governance.


Read the paper in full:

Song, A. M., S. D. Bower, P. Onyango, S. J. Cooke, S. L. Akintola, J. Baer, T. B. Gurung, M. Hettiarachchi, M. Islam, W. Mhlanga, F. Nunan, P. Salmi, V. Singh, X. Tezzo, S. J. Funge-Smith, P. K. Nayak and R. Chuenpagdee. 2018. Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries. Ecology and Society 23(2):17. 

Read the TBTI e-book publication:

Song, A.M., Bower, S.D., Onyango, P., Cooke, S.J., Chuenpagdee, R. (Eds.). 2017. Inter-sectoral governance of inland fisheries. TBTI Publication Series, E-01/2017. Too Big To Ignore-WorldFish. St John’s, Canada.