Brazil National Seminars - June 2016

Integrated Seminars

 National Seminar of Brazilian Coastal and Marine Networks


National Seminar on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries

Centro Cultural de Brasília, 13-17 June 2016

National Seminar of Brazilian Coastal and Marine Networks 

The seminar is organized by the volunteers of the Ombudsperson of the Sea (Ouvidoria do Mar) and co-financed by Casa-Caixa Fund and Linha D Agua Institute. The event integrates the activities of the project Ombudsperson of the Sea: Building potential in interactions between Brazilian coastal and marine networks for transformation towards sustainability which has the objective of improve the action in a broad capacity network. The campaign “Capacity Networks” entails the co-production of a self-diagnostics, the creation of interaction situations amongst organizations acting in coastal and marine issues and a national seminar. The volunteers of Ombudsperson of the Sea are preparing a synthesis of all documents and information received in the self-dianostics process.

The seminar has the objective of presenting the synthesis of all demands from civil society organization to Brazilian state authorities in the capital city of Brasilia. During the seminar, the strategic planning of the Ombudsperson of the Sea for the next two years will also be undertaken.

National Seminar on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries

The seminar will gather fishers leaders and scientists, civil society organizations and NGOs to build mutual capacity and assertive policy demands in support of artisanal fisheries in Brazil.

The event is a realization of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) with financial support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) – an UN specialized agency – in partnership with the World Forum of Fisher Peoples – WFFP), the World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers (WFF), and the Centro InternazionaleCrocevia (CIC from Italy) to disseminate the Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) Guidelines and mobilize support for its implementation in Brazil.

The Brazilian seminar will be co-funded by the Ombudsperson of the Sea and the project Too Big to Ignore (TBTI), a global scientific partnership in support of small-scale fisheries.

PLACE: Centro Cultural de Brasília (mapa -

DATE:13-17th June 2016

General Objectives

 Common agenda or synergy field

   To analyse the conjuncture of the field of coastal-marine governance and conservation and small-scale fisheries: evaluate discussion status and patterns of technical-political articulation-connectivity of networks acting in such themes, based on the self-diagnostics and contributions from seminar participants;

   Disseminate the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small Scale Fisheries in the context of both civil society and government;

   Acknowledgment of multi-lateral data to enhance the self-diagnostics process of organizations acting with coastal-marine issues, with a focus on small-scale fisheries;

   Policy and advocacy activities on demands related to small-scale fisheries.

Ombudsperson of the Sea Independent Agenda

   Strategic planning for the Ombudsperson of the Sea;

   Discussion and critical assessment on the functioning and articulation status of coastal and marine networks and other Brazilian organizations acting with coastal and marine issue, in order to refine the self-diagnostics data;

   Elaboration of synthesis documents and support to interactions amongst networks;

   Policy and advocacy activities of thematic groups set during the seminar;

   Elaboration of executive summary of future projects and delineate schedule of funding calls and potential donors (fundraising plan).


Independent Agenda of the SSF’s Seminar

   To promote awareness about the SSF Guidelines among small scale fishery workers, their communities and organizations, researchers, policy-makers and to mobilize support for their implementation through a methodological, analytical and descriptive approach (at the grass-roots level to national and international level and among all participants including government and civil society organizations through an inclusive process);

   To mobilize support for the implementation of the SSF VG through methodological, analytical and descriptive methodologies (from local to national and amongst all participants including governmental and civil society organizations in an inclusive process;

   To build capacity for implementing the SSF Guidelines in Brazil especially by fishers’ organizations and to position them as key actors in the implementation process;

   To initiate studies to document existing governance practices of tenure and resource management, highlighting what is good practice, to enhance SSF rights to resources (marine, coastal and inland fisheries) and territories.