Other resources & approaches

Other resources & approaches

How can your fishery build and exchange knowledge and facilitate change? From capacity enhancement and communication resources to methodologies to facilitate community-based activities, explore methods that can help support participation and advance action in the sub-categories below. 



Objetivo: Presentar y socializar las principales actividades y resultados alcanzados durante los tres años de implementación del proyecto Acuipesca Perú: “Incrementar la competitividad del sector pesca artesanal y acuicultura en la bahía de Sechura a través del fortalecimiento institucional y organizacional, la adopción de tecnologías y la sostenibilidad ambiental, 2019-2021”.

Programa del evento

La presentación se realizará el próximo viernes, 22 de abril de  2002, a través de la plataforma Zoom a las 16:00 hora Perú, 23:00 hora en España, y será retransmitida en vivo a través del canal de Facebook de la Red Nacional de Información Acuícola del Ministerio de la Producción de la República del Perú. https://www.facebook.com/RNIAPERU.

Para participar en el mismo es necesario que se inscriban a través del siguiente enlace: https://cetmar.org/seminarios/presentacion-resultados-acuipesca/ . Una vez inscritos, recibirán el correspondiente enlace a la Plataforma ZOOM para participar en el Seminario.

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.



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First gathering of the Regional Advisory Group in Asia and the Pacific, Enhancing social movements perspectives to implement the SSF Voluntary Guidelines

From the 10th to the 12nd of May the members of the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) in the Asia and the Pacific region will meet face to face in Bangkok, Thailand, together with their regional allies. The meeting will be a crucial moment for IYAFA: the RAG will discuss the present status of the SSF Guidelines implementation in five Asian countries, and reinforce the network alliance in the region. At the meeting the first national assessments on the SSF Guidelines report will be presented and the attendees will be invited to share their experiences, views and expectations on the implementation of the SSF Voluntary Guidelines at their own local level. The meeting will also be the occasion to discuss the Human-centred participatory monitoring methodology drafted by the IPC Working Group on Fisheries. National governmental representatives and FAO Regional representatives will be invited to the event.


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The Blue Economy Summit will create a collaborative setting where students and professionals can critically reflect on current ocean trends and challenges, facilitate productive conversations, and enable effective ocean stewardship actions. 


The idea of the “blue economy” is compelling – and contested. On one hand, there is growing enthusiasm for using the oceans’ resources to grow economies and improve livelihoods while maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. On the other hand, the acceleration of ocean-based economic activity threatens to overwhelm increasingly vulnerable environments and communities. One of this century’s most urgent challenges is to reinvent our relationship to the ocean – combining the best science, policy, and innovation to create practical approaches to ocean stewardship. Hosted at Duke University in March 2022, the first-annual Blue Economy Summit will bring together diverse ocean stakeholders from industry, government, non-profits, and academia to identify the most promising opportunities to bring this vision to life.

The Blue Economy Summit will create a collaborative setting where students and professionals can critically reflect on current ocean trends and challenges, facilitate productive conversations, and enable effective ocean stewardship actions. The Summit invites leaders from across sectors and geographies who want to challenge the status quo and explore science-based insights on urgent ocean challenges and opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with young professionals from multiple disciplines at Duke and other leading universities. 


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Leading By Examples: Leaderships in Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

The congress theme for the 4WSFC AFRICA, ‘Leading by Examples: Leaderships for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries,’ recognizes the many examples, lessons and experiences that individual, communities, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and other supporting institutions have in the efforts to build and enhance capacity for sustainable small-scale fisheries. The focus on “leaderships” is a tribute to the immense progress that has been made in the past decade by all sectors, in elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and in advancing understanding about them. It is also meant to inspire more actions and collaboration to continue to promote and support small-scale fisheries.

The 4WSFC AFRICA is co-hosted by the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of Western Cape, South Africa, in partnership with TBTI Global and with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. We welcome organizations interested in supporting sustainable small-scale fisheries to join as partners to this initiative and help contribute to the development of the congress program and to support the participation of delegates.


Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until April 15, 2022.

IYAFA 2022 is coming, stay tuned! 

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). IYAFA  aims to raise awareness on the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, strengthen science-policy interaction, empower stakeholders to take action, and to build new and strengthen existing partnerships. As lead agency, FAO will host the launch event on November 19th, make sure to save your place and register now. 


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Meet the panel

Zo Andriamahenina, Blue Ventures, Madagascar

Rahma Kivugao, Mikoko Pamoja, Kenya

Laura Michie, Mangrove Action Project, UK

The panel discussion will be chaired by Cicelin Rakotomahazo, Blue Forests Coordinator, Blue Ventures, Madagascar


This event will consist of two parts: a forty five minute facilitated conversation with live questions to the panel in English, followed by a forty-five minute break out discussion in English, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

Session objectives

Based on the case studies presented by the panel and the experiences of participants, the event aims to:

  • Share learning and challenges from locally led mangrove management
  • This companion event to the inaugural Toko telo conversation in 2020 focuses on learning about community-led mangrove management to improve practice and help to increase the uptake of this approach 
  • Begin drawing up a set of best practice principles for community-led mangrove management to benefit people and nature

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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.


The IUCN Congress will be held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September 2021.

Taking into account the current health situation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has decided to organise a “hybrid” IUCN World Conservation Congress, thus allowing people not able to physically attend the event to follow and participate in some parts of the Congress remotely.

The French government reaffirms that it is very pleased to host this IUCN Congress on its territory, while doing its utmost to ensure that this is done under the conditions desired by IUCN and in accordance with the health protocols in force at the time of the event. 


Information on Congress preparations
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Translating SSF Guidelines Into Practice With the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy

In this short research report, we present action research with self-selected men and women in small-scale fisheries in Senegal, a country with a large and dynamic SSF, which suffers, however, from diminishing profitability as a result of multiple pressures. We report ongoing work on the principles and approaches of the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy as a way to support the implementation of these Guidelines. The first phase of developing the SSF Academy focuses on testing learning methods aimed at developing critical thinking, planning and action.

Climate Change and Marine Fisheries in Africa: Assessing Vulnerability and Strengthening Adaptation Capacity

This report takes stock of available knowledge on the economic importance of marine fisheries in sub-Saharan Africa and the populations that depend on them and provides a biophysical analysis of the impacts of climate change as they have already been measured and how they are modeled to evolve, a socioeconomic analysis of the same impacts of climate change, and preliminary estimates of the vulnerability of marine fisheries.

International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 Global Action Plan

The IYAFA 2022 Global Action Plan (IYAFA GAP) aims at building global momentum to empower small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and securing a sustainable future for these important sectors. Outlined here are a series of indicative and interconnected actions that are mutually reinforcing in the pillars of work.

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice

Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism; A Guide to Best Practice is the first such guide to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses. It also gives practical information, based on the best available scientific data, to management authorities and others engaging with the industry.

Barbuda Blue Halo Enforecement Blueprint

The Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative (BBHI) aims to develop sustainable ocean policy and local management capacity for the enforcement of fishery regulations within the Codrington Lagoon National Park (CLNP) and throughout Barbuda’s near shore jurisdictional waters (3NM). The BBHI represents a collaborative effort among the Barbuda Council, the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, and the Waitt Institute.

Energising local economies: experiences of solar start-ups in Kenya's small-scale fishing and agriculture sectors

How are enterprises and NGOs in rural Kenya addressing poor people’s needs for energy that helps them earn a living? This paper looks at what new solar start-ups are doing to promote productive energy use in the fishing, agriculture and service sectors. It asks what specific productive energy needs the projects are targeting — such as cold storage for fish caught in Lake Victoria — and how they address the various barriers that prevent communities from fulfilling those needs. The six case studies include microgrids, irrigation pumps and multi-service energy hubs.

Protocolo de monitoreo para reservas marinas

El presente protocolo se realizó con la inspiración de diferentes protocolos que se emplean en los tres ecosistemas prioritarios donde COBI trabaja. El objetivo principal es fortalecer las capacidades de los socios comunitarios, personal de áreas naturales protegidas, investigadores, estudiantes, y voluntarios en general, los cuales podrán conocer y aprender las diferentes técnicas de monitoreo, especies que se censan en estos ecosistemas prioritarios y así lograr una colecta de datos estandarizada a nivel nacional.

Guía práctica para la elaboración de proyectos comunitarios

El diseño de la guía práctica para la elaboración de proyectos tiene como objetivo el fortalecimiento de capacidades de las comunidades pesqueras. Esta herramienta propicia la autogestión de proyectos de conservación y pesca sostenible. A su vez se busca fomentar la corresponsabilidad en el manejo y gestión de recursos económicos en las comunidades para que éstos sean dirigidos a la resiliencia y la sostenibilidad, así como a la transferencia del conocimiento.

Post-harvest losses in small-scale fisheries: Case studies in five sub-Saharan African countries

This regional programme began in October 2006 and lasted 18 months. It aimed to build on past initiatives and develop tools for practical loss assessment in artisanal fisheries. The programme provided capacity building for fishery officers in qualitative and quantitative fish loss assessments methods, planned support, and supervised the implementation of loss assessment studies in five sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mali, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda).

Processing sea cucumbers into beche-de-mer: A manual for Pacific Island fishers

This manual is designed for sea cucumber fishers in Pacific Islands. The species depicted in this manual are ones commonly fished in Pacific Islands.

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