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We would be delighted to welcome your participation in Blue Ventures’ Toko telo event, an interactive online conversation entitled ‘Fairer finance for small-scale fisheries: Supporting sustainable fisheries management through improved earnings’ on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 13:30 - 15:00 London /15:30 - 17:00 Antananarivo & Nairobi / 19:30 - 21:00 Jakarta/ 8:30 - 10:00 EST

Access to finance and equitable distribution of benefits within seafood value chains has been one key challenge for community-led fisheries management. This second event in the Blue Ventures series of Toko Telo online conversations will explore potential successes and challenges of community-led fisheries management and conservation projects that seek to improve fisher earnings.

The session aims to:

1. Explore financing fisheries management through:

- Value-add processes
- Fishery Improvement Projects
- Microlending or other tools

2. Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing examples from fisheries and agriculture that could be relevant for practitioners

3. Discuss tools that exist or could be developed to progress work in this area

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

Panel members

Wilderness Markets
Future of Fish
Blue Ventures

The panel discussion will be chaired by Christopher Giordano, Technical Advisor - Fisheries Value Chains & Markets, Blue Ventures.

Please register for the event by visiting https://blueventures.org/tokotelo

For any questions please contact digital@blueventures.org.

The 49th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be held virtually from 11 to 14 October 2021.

Organized shortly after the United Nations Food Systems Summit, CFS 49 will focus on the 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition report, uptake of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, CFS Mutli-Year Programme of Work and other ongoing CFS workstreams and priorities.

More information can be found here

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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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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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Ingles
Frances
Portugues

 

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

 

Blue foods — fish, invertebrates, aquatic plants, and algae captured or cultivated in freshwater and marine ecosystems — play a central role in food and nutrition security for billions of people, yet are often left out of food system analyses, discussions, decisions, solutions, and resource allocations.

Speakers:
- Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Chief Executive Director for the Oceano Azul Foundation.
- Pip Cohen, Research Program Leader for Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries with WorldFish.
- Jim Leape, Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Moderator: Imani Fairweather Morrison, Programme Officer for Oak Foundation’s Global Small Scale Fisheries Sub-programme.

Call to Action: Richard Page, Policy Specialist, Ocean Unite, and Maria Honig, Initiative Lead Accelerating Coastal Community Led Conservation, WWF.

Join us for this webinar on 13 July 2021 at 14:00-15:00 (GMT+1) to help us realize the potential of Aquatic/Blue foods to help end malnutrition and build healthy, nature-positive, and resilient food systems.

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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, 8:00 AM EDT / 7:00 PM Bangkok 

Session I will focus on stories from communities told by fishers, specifically about their experiences and how they have responded to the pandemic. They will be sharing challenges they encountered and advice that they have for others that may still be grappling with the hardships brought on by COVID.

 

Live interpretation in English, Thai, Bahasa, Sinhala, Tamil, and Bengali. 
 

Session II: Fall 2021 (Date TBD)

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.

 

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

 

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The World Fisheries Congress is being held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.

 

‘SHARING OUR OCEANS AND RIVERS – A VISION FOR THE WORLD’S FISHERIES’

Held every four years, the 8th World Fisheries Congress will be the largest gathering of research, industry and management sectors to discuss the latest advances in fisheries world-wide. The World Fisheries Congress is the key international fisheries conference.

Aiming to foster cooperation and engagement in commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries.

Providing insightful presentations and inspiring forums on key developments needed to ensure the future sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers.

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 will be held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.

The Congress will be a virtual event allowing delegates to participate online, so the Congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community.

World Fisheries Congress is an event not to be missed.

 

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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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The regionally-focused World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific agenda will provide the platform for nuanced conversation and tailored discussion to catalyse the blue economy in the Asia-Pacific. 

The summit will convene 100 speakers and 1000 participants virtually over five days. Dedicated tracks on shipping, marine renewable energy, plastics, aquaculture and fishing will provide insight focused on the Asia-Pacific. Plenary sessions will centre on pressing concerns for the ocean and cities, and seek solutions for climate change mitigation and the dangerous decline of biodiversity in the region. 

A full track dedicated to finance will bring together executives from across the investment community.  Speakers will share experience of innovative blue-finance mechanisms to maximise the direction of mainstream finance towards the sustainable blue economy. 

Our aim is to identify how innovation and collaboration within the region are affecting change and seek to reframe the Asia-Pacific’s relationship with the ocean, generating momentum to map the steps to increased economic prosperity and ocean restoration.

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The fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization.

 

 

The “zero draft” for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has included a focus on ensuring work to preserve biodiversity contributes to “the nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of people, especially for the most vulnerable.”

 

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Limits to Blue Growth? 

For decades sustainable development has served as guiding concept for policy makers, including those concerned in coastal and ocean governance. At the same time, the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ have nowadays become popular concepts in marine policy. Notions on blue growth especially ask attention for new uses of the oceans, such as renewable energy (wind at sea), deep sea mining and deep-sea fishing but also aim at highlighting ecosystem services that have societal value (coastal protection, CO2 storage and biodiversity). The concept aims to reconcile two seemingly opposing uses of the oceans: exploitation and conservation, in the same way as was intended with the use of ‘sustainable development’. The concept also seems to promise that there still is a new, not yet reached frontier for economic expansion.

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Resources

The contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems

Infographic on the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems.

No hidden catch - Mainstreaming values of small-scale fisheries in national accounts

It is notoriously difficult to obtain data for fisheries, especially for the more elusive small-scale sector, which tends to operate under the radar. These guidelines aim to assist national statistics officers and others improve the way they account for small-scale fisheries (SSF).

What are food systems?

This pamphlet provides an overview of food systems. Food systems are at the heart of some of the most significant challenges we face today, including diet-driven ill health and environmental damage. A third of the world is hungry or malnourished, more than half of global ill health is determined by poor diets, and food systems account for a quarter of CO2 emissions.

Fair fishing: Supporting inclusive fiscal reform in fisheries

This toolkit focuses on fiscal fisheries management instruments, which governments use to influence economic decisions on government spending and raise revenue through taxation.

Five core functions of traceability technology

Through years of engagement with seafood businesses and technology companies, Future of Fish has developed five core business functions of traceability technology. All five must be in place in order to address seafood’s social and environmental ills effectively. Not only must robust end-to-end traceability track products on a batch-level basis, but it also must provide a level of corporate transparency at each step in the chain. Here are the five core functions:

Seafood Traceability Glossary: a guide to terms, technologies, and topics

This document provides definitions for common vocabulary associated with traceability, traceability technology products and systems, and seafood supply chains. Illustrations, diagrams, and photographs of select terms have also been included to provide additional clarification.

Fish 101: Pirate fishing

Learn the key facts about illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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