Mainstreaming small-scale fisheries in governance and policy in LAC

Regional workshop
December 11-14, 2019 | Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Researchers and representatives of civil society organizations from the LAC region recently meet at a workshop in Mexico to co-design a regional framework for mainstreaming the SSF Guidelines in the region and assess their implementation. On the agenda were the following items:

  • Level the playing field: understanding SSF, Blue Justice concept, LAC efforts, Information System on Small-Scale Fisheries (ISFF) and insights about trandisciplinarity and wicked problems;
  • Examining existing digital platforms to mark the progress done towards the implementation of the SSF Guidelines:
  • Exploring existing policies for the adoption of the SSF Guidelines in the LAC countries;
  • Co-designing a framework to guide and assess the implementation of the SSF Guidelines;
  • Towards International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture: identifying collaboration opportunities.

Overall, commitments were made on continuing building the framework, testing it at the national and community scales, and connecting current digital platforms. These efforts will be launched at the UN Oceans Conference in June 2020 and continued to be developed towards 2022, the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The workshop was hosted by Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), Mexican civil society organization, that aims to sustainable fishers and marine conservation through effective participation, in collaboration with TBTI, Charles Darwin Foundation, the Fisheries Research Institute of Ecuador, Universidad de Magdalena, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV)-Mérida and Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur)-Chetumal.