The United Nations have declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. In cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNA Germany invites you to an online event to discuss the importance of small-scale fisheries for sustainable development.
Sustainable fisheries and support for small-scale fishers relate to many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including but not limited to Goal 14 ("Life below water") on the protection and sustainable use of the oceans, which includes several targets on fisheries. As the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) show, small-scale fisheries is not just about fish, but above all about people, their rights and development opportunities. This especially have to apply to women in small-scale fisheries, who often work in particularly poorly paid jobs e.g. in fish processing.
So, under what conditions can fisheries contribute to the implementation of the SDGs? How can the United Nations support small-scale fishers? And what needs to change, here in Europe and globally, so that fisheries can become more sustainable overall? On the occasion of the International Year of Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture, we invite you to our expert discussion about these and other questions.