Thailand - Regional Workshop 2016

Workshop on "Securing Small Scale Fisheries in Asian region: SSF Guideline in Actions”
 from April 30- May 1, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand

At Sampran River Side, Pet Kasem Road, Amphor Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.

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Background/Rational:

Across the region, small-scale fisheries contribute to livelihoods, food security, and local and regional economies. In most countries, the majority of fishers and fish workers are employed in the small-scale fishery subsector. There is significant diversity among the small-scale fisheries of the region in terms of activity and context, but there are also some common characteristics. Small-scale fisheries are typically characterized by open access, low levels of empowerment and a general lack of organizational structures and formal representation in decision-making processes. They also typically involve rather complex livelihood strategies combining fishing and other activities. Threats to small-scale fisheries include declining resources, habitat degradation, Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, post-harvest quality issues, increasing competition for access to resources and fishing areas between small scale fisheries and commercial fisheries and other sectors, high levels of poverty and vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, and low levels of formal representation.

Following the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in June 2014 and in line with paragraph 13.6 of the document itself, promoting the development regional plans of action for their implementation, a regional workshop to discuss implementation of the SSF Guidelines in Asian countries is needed.

The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) is a mass based social movement of small scale fisher people from across the world founded on November 21 ,1997 in New Delhi, India by a number of mass organizations from the Global South. WFFP has 29 member organizations from 23 countries and represent over 10 million fishers people from all over the world has collaborated with Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) and the National Association of fisher folks Federation in Thailand (FFF) where commit to protect the life and livelihood of fishing communities and it basic sources- fishery resources, biodiversity and natural environment together with the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) , Cectro Internazionale Crocevia (CIC), International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), Focus of the Global South (Focus) with financial support from The International Food and Agriculture for Development (IFAD) to organize the Workshop "Securing Small Scale Fisheries in Asian region: SSF Guideline in Actions” from April 30- May 1, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand. At Sampran River Side, Pet Kasem Road, Amphor Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.

Objectives:

The objectives of the workshop is to raise awareness and develop a draft Mekong regional plan of action (RPOA) to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) in the region.

Workshop program:

2days of the workshop will be focused on Inland small scale fishery sectors in Mekong region. There will be a session to examine and analyze trend of Mekong development, review current status of small-scale fisheries in this region, shared experiences through country and topical presentations, and discussed elements of a regional plan of action to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Detail schedule of the program schedule is in the attached document 1.

Participants:

There will be altogether 30 participants to be invited to the workshop. At least two third of the workshop participants will be invited from active small scale organizations and/or networks, fish worker organizations, from Mekong region compose of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos including representative from related Government organization. There are also Regional and International organization working on small scale fishers and related issues be invited to attend this workshop. Gender of participants in the workshop will be ensured.




Presentations

Subpages (2): Programme Statement
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Sangeetha S,
Jun 16, 2016, 1:23 AM
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