COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19 is having far-reaching global impacts on human-health and food security. Stay informed on how the global pandemic is affecting communities, trade, and people involved in small-scale fisheries.

Discussions

The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the Summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality. More information about the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and list of Advisory Committee and Scientific Group members can be found online: https://www.un.org/foodsystemssummit

 

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Después de un año convulso, con tiempo para la reflexión, nos alegra anunciar la celebración de la VIII Jornada de la Red Internacional de Escritores por la Tierra. Por primera vez se realizará en formato virtual,  facilitando así la participación de todas y todos, el sábado 18 de septiembre de 2021.

 

Los encuentros y jornadas de la RIET pretenden ser una plataforma de aprendizaje y debate, tanto literario como medioambiental y social. Esta nueva jornada de la RIET virtual se centra en estos mismos valores. El objetivo promover el diálogo y contribuir con la reflexión sobre las implicaciones e impacto de la pandemia COVID-19 en el desarrollo cultural, económico-político y el medio ambiente, a fin de valorar los retos a enfrentar para el desarrollo humano y la búsqueda del bien común.

La VIII jornada de la RIET está prevista para el sábado 18, en horario de mañana para América Central, y en horario de tarde para Europa. El encuentro arrancará con un homenaje a poetas de la RIET a los que les hemos dicho adiós, como Ernesto Cardenal, Claribel García o Pere Casaldàliga.

La jornada seguirá con el panel de debate, centrado en el extractivismo: la minería a cielo abierto la exploración del petróleo, etc., bajo el título: “Amenazas y peligros al ambiente, acechando en tiempos de pandemia”. Próximamente se anunciaran los panelistas.

A continuación, los y las participantes se adentrarán en la clásica mesa de poetisas y poetas de las jornadas de la RIET: “Poesía en Pandemia; reflexiones y textos virulentos”. Y para finalizar, y porqué la música debe tener su cabida, escucharemos interpretaciones de músicos iberoamericanos de la RIET, será la “Peña Musical Hispanoamericano”.

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Podéis consultar el programa completo aquí: http://redescritoresporlatierra.org/

Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI), es una organización de la sociedad civil mexicana con 22 años de experiencia en conservación marina y pesca sostenible, en articulación con la Red de Jóvenes Líderes en Área Protegidas y Conservadas de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (ReLLAC-J) invitan a las juventudes y adultos trabajando en temas de conservación marina y recursos pesqueros provenientes de América Latina y el Caribe; a participar en el concurso de fotografía “La vida de las comunidades pesqueras frente al COVID-19 en América Latina y el Caribe” El cual tiene como objetivo conocer desde la mirada y lente de las mujeres, hombres y juventudes de comunidades costeras, las historias, esencia y vivencias diarias de las comunidades pesqueras de la región LAC durante la pandemia del COVID-19 que comenzó en la víspera del 2020.

 

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La fecha límite para enviar su fotografía es el 14 de agosto de 2021.

 

Hosted by the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, U.S., Curaçao, Guam, Local2030 Islands Network, Hawai‘i Local2030 Hub, Global Island Partnership, UN Foundation, and shift7.

This event will showcase the ways in which islands are coming together through the Local2030 Island Network to achieve the SDGs during the Decade of Action, despite the current challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change impacts. Throughout 2020, the Local2030 Islands Network ran a series of webinars focussed on building back better in the context of COVID-19 and was able to share island solutions, experiences and approaches between island peers. This panel includes solutions and examples from the webinar series related to food security (SDG 2), economic resilience and recovery (SDG 8), youth engagement in recovery (SDG 10 and 17), building climate resilience for COVID-19 recovery (SDG 13), and the public private partnerships and effective institutions in islands that can support recovery (SDG 16 and 17) all in the context of SDG implementation.

 

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This fall the SSF Hub will host web-based events that will enable small-scale fishers and fish workers around the globe to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people in their communities.

This two-part series will highlight the voices of fishers: Part I will focus on their experiences and responses to the pandemic and Part II will focus on how fishers and their intermediaries (or other value chain actors) have innovated to overcome the COVID crisis. These virtual events will replicate some of the features of an in-person fisher exchange and provide a space for fishers and fish workers to share their stories about the challenges brought on by COVID and how they have overcome them. The objective is to engage in a conversation where fishers can inspire each other and commiserate, too — to get through the tough times together and to share potential solutions that could speed the recovery.

In addition to Part I & Part II, the SSF Hub will be accepting and posting videos from the greater SSF Hub community on its Youtube channel. This will allow more small-scale fisheries actors to share their experiences with COVID and continue the dialogue following the event. 

Session I: September 15

Session I focused on stories from communities told by fishers, specifically about their experiences and how they have responded to the pandemic. During this webinar, fishers and fisher organizations shared challenges they encountered and advice that they have for others that may still be grappling with the hardships brought on by COVID.

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Session II: Fall 2021 (Week of November 15-19th)

Session II will focus on how fishers, intermediaries and their partners innovated (or are innovating) to overcome the COVID crisis and support fishing communities throughout the pandemic and the ways in which fishers or fish workers have needed to adapt how they market and sell their catch due to the situation.

 

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If you are interested in sharing your story or participating in Session II, please read the COVID Video Submission Guidelines for more information. 

 

 

Please find the SSF Team's concept and ideas for the July event at the link below. Feel free to make suggestions and let me know if you'd like to be a part of the event's planning committee!

How is your community and fishery affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Resources

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a queen conch (Aliger gigas) fishery in The Bahamas

The onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in early 2020 led to a dramatic rise in unemployment and fears about food-security throughout the Caribbean region. Subsistence fisheries were one of the few activities permitted during emergency lockdown in The Bahamas, leading many to turn to the sea for food. This study highlights the role of small-scale fisheries as a ‘natural insurance’ against socio-economic shocks and a source of resilience for small island communities at times of crisis. It also underscores the risks to food security and long-term sustainability of fishery stocks posed by overexploitation of natural resources.

COVID-19 impacts and adaptations in Asia and Africa's aquatic food value chains

We tracked the impacts of COVID-19 on aquatic food value chains in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Myanmar and Nigeria during 2020. We assessed the availability and price of aquatic foods and production inputs using a high frequency panel survey of 767 actors from eight value chain nodes. We also conducted semi-structured phone interviews with 63 respondents in Bangladesh and online interviews with 100 aquatic food value chain actors and key informants from 17 sub-Saharan African countries. This information provides insights into the pathways by which the crisis has affected aquatic food value chain actors, the scale of those impacts and how they have adapted. These findings give rise to policy recommendations aimed at mitigating impacts in the present, assisting recovery and building a more resilient aquatic food system in the future.

Resiliencia de las comunidades pesqueras de México ante COVID-19 Impactos económicos y sociales

Para contribuir a los esfuerzos nacionales y globales, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A. C. (COBI) ha iniciado un proceso de consulta con pescadores en ocho entidades federativas de México para conocer los impactos económicos y sociales de la pandemia. Así como, los roles del estado y la distribución de apoyos, los efectos en la salud, las soluciones locales aplicadas por los pescadores, la igualdad de género, el uso de tecnología y el impacto ambiental. Este primer reporte refleja los impactos económicos y sociales inmediatos del COVID-19 y concluye con una serie de recomendaciones expresadas por el sector pesquero.

How is COVID-19 affecting the fisheries and aquaculture food sytems

The full range of activities required to deliver fish and fish products from production to the final consumer is subject to indirect impacts of the pandemic through new sanitary measures, changing consumer demands, market access or logistical problems related to transportation and border restrictions. This in turn has a damaging effect on fishers and fish farmers’ livelihoods, as well as on food security and nutrition for populations that rely heavily on fish for animal protein and essential micronutrients.

This policy brief reviews on going challenges and proposes measures to protect production and income of the sector and the most vulnerable, as well as maintain operations and support the supply chain.

The Silent Wave - A fisheries cooperative in India responds to Covid-19

Shot during the peak of the first wave of Covid-19 in India, this documentary tells the story of how the fishermen and women of Kollam coped with the lockdown and the widespread disruptions in their fisheries. Responding to the crisis, the local fisheries cooperative introduced a major change to the prevalent auction system. The innovation was aimed at both ensuring the safety of the coastal fishing community, and correcting the power imbalance between fishers and traders. But the new system had some unforeseen consequences.

Principios para la Nueva Normalidad en la pesca de pequeña escala

En este octavo y último reporte, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) se enfocó en entender qué ha cambiado en las vidas de los pescadoras y pescadores a raíz de la pandemia, qué se ha aprendido en estos meses y cómo regresar a pescar con seguridad en el contexto de la nueva normalidad.

Social FISHtancing Podcast - Coastal Routes Radio Vol. 1

Social FISHtancing chronicles the impacts of COVID-19 on coastal fisheries and fishing communities around the world. The podcast is a production of Coastal Routes, a network of researchers, coastal communities, and non-profit organizations all united by our mission of supporting verdant, sustainable, and just coastal livelihoods and places.

Dead fish is not manna

This publication brings to the frontline, issues that beg for attention in the fisheries sector.

Chapter one of this publication, titled COVID-19 and Fisheries, highlights how the pandemic has affected the fisheries subsector.

Chapter two, titled Dead Fish is not Manna, captures the peculiarities and challenges of fisheries in Nigeria noting the contaminated state of some of the fishes sold in the country's markets.

Portraits of Change Video Series

This eight-part video series seeks to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and other stressors on fishers, fish workers and fishing communities across the globe. These videos provide a firsthand account of the battles faced by fishers and fish workers as they are faced with declining fish populations, increasingly common extreme weather events and disruptions due to climate change, COVID-19 and other stressors.

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