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India: National Workshop March 2016

National Workshop on 

Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines 

for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries, 

21-22 March 2016, New Delhi


 Background

The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at its Thirty-first Session in June 2014 formally adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) (www.fao.org/3/a-i4356e.pdf). The SSF Guidelines and their summary are also available in several Indian languages(http://igssf.icsf.net). These Guidelines are dedicated to Chandrika Sharma who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the lives of fishworkers all over the world and who contributed invaluably to the formulation of these Guidelines.

The SSF Guidelines is the first internationally agreed instrument dedicated entirely to the small-scale fisheries sector. These Guidelines, developed through a bottom-up process and extensive consultations with fishing communities worldwide, are mainly: to enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and nutrition and support the realization of the right to adequate food; to contribute to the equitable development of small-scale fishing communities and poverty eradication and to improve the socio-economic situation of fishers and fishworkers; and to provide guidance to States and stakeholders to develop and implement ecosystem-friendly and participatory policies, strategies and legal frameworks for responsible and sustainable small-scale fisheries.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, granted a project in December 2015 to a consortium comprising World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers (WFF), International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and Centro Internazionale Crocevia (CIC) to promote awareness about the SSF Guidelines and tomobilize support for their implementation across countries of the Global South. The New Delhi Workshop is the first in this series.


Rationale

In the preparatory phase of the SSF Guidelines, the first national workshop was organized in Kolkata by National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) and ICSF in September 2011 (http://igssf.icsf.net). After the adoption of the SSF Guidelines, ICSF had organized an international workshop on implementing the SSF Guidelines in Puducherry in July 2014 (http://igssf.icsf.net). ICSF and the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project of FAO also organized an India (East Coast) Workshop in Chennai in March 2015 towards implementing these Guidelines at subnational levels (http://igssf.icsf.net).

The East Coast Workshop was preceded by six state-level consultations along the eastern seaboard, followed by one in Kerala. A similar workshop in Maharashtra is also being planned. The National Workshop is being held in New Delhi considering that the implementation of the SSF Guidelines at various levels requires the collaboration of several ministries, departments and agencies including those dealing with fisheries (both marine and inland), environment, forests, biodiversity and climate change, rural development, labour and employment, trade, tribal affairs, child development and women’s empowerment, irrigation and water management, housing, law and justice, human rights, and planning, among others. These agencies may be introduced to the SSF Guidelines in the presence of the representatives of fishers, fishworkers and fishing communities The fishing communities, on the other hand, may be informed about the beneficial schemes, policies and legal instruments within the competence of these agencies.


Objectives

Following are the objectives of the National Workshop:

- To inform the small-scale fishing communities about the guiding principles of the SSF Guidelines;

- To promote all round awareness about the SSF Guidelines, particularly gender equality and social development;

- To highlight the small-scale fishery organizations’ efforts at empowering the fishing communities and valorizing the subsector; and 

- To discuss how policies and legislation at various levels to protect life and livelihoods of women and men small-scale fishers, fishworkers and fishing communities can benefit from the SSF Guidelines.


Process

The two-day Workshop will begin with an overview of the SSF Guidelines, focusing on its various chapters. Small-scale fishery organizations—inland, coastal and marine—will then highlight their efforts at empowering the subsector and also share their concerns. This will be followed by drawing attention to how existing policies and legislation deal with life and livelihood issues of both men and women and how gaps in legal and policy instruments could be meaningfully addressed by implementing the SSF Guidelines.


Venue and Date

The National Workshop will be held in the Multi-Purpose Hall, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi 110 003 from Monday, 21 March 2016 to Tuesday, 22 March 2016 (Tel 011-2461 9431).


Participants

The participants of the Workshop would include: women and men leaders of inland, marine and coastal fishers, fishworkers and fishing communities from the mainland and island territories of India; representatives of Indian central and state agencies, particularly dealing with fisheries, environment, labour, trade and human development; representatives of CSOs/NGOs, scientific organizations, regional fisheries bodies, FAO, IFAD, ILO, etc. The total number of participants is expected to be below 70. The Workshop would follow gender equality principle.


Outcome

It is hoped that through the National Workshop, legislation, policies and notifications in relation to national and subnational fisheries, biodiversity, labour, coastal, marine and inland resource use as well as human development and rights would be better informed by the content of the SSF Guidelines and the significance attached to it by fishers, fishworkers and fishing communities.


Organizers

Shri M. Ilango, Member, Coordination Committee, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Dr. Ujjaini Halim, Member, Executive Committee, World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers (WFF) and Ms. Ramya Rajagopalan, Executive Trustee, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) Trust. CONCEPT NOTE


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