The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is participating in a Pan-African Workshop from 10-12th July 2019 in Kasane, Botswana on strengthening organizational structures of small scale fisheries’ non-state actor (NSA) platforms. The workshop is jointly organized by WorldFish and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and hosted by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The workshop brings together representatives of relevant Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fishery Bodies (RFBs), global, continental and sub-regional small-scale fisheries organizations to discuss strengthening the voice of small-scale fishers and fish workers in relation to fisheries policies and the implementation of Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) Guidelines. Pre-meetings on the 8th and 9th July 2019 will explore strategies and/or key actions to address challenges to the implementation of international and regional instruments for sustainable fisheries management.
The participants of the workshop will be sharing experiences on the challenges and opportunities for small-scale fisheries representation in policy and decision-making processes at all levels and discussing capacity development needs. The expected outcomes of the workshop include: consolidation of the sub-regional NSA platforms; recommendations for the establishment of a pan-African NSA platform; and suggestions for the development of the SSF-Global Strategic Framework.