Sharing the Responsibility of the Implementation of New International Voluntary Guidelines for Small-Scale Fisheries via Regional and National Networks.

In June 2014, United Nations’s (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) adopted the International Voluntary Guideline for Small-scale Fisheries in the context of Food and Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF-VG). The commitment of the UN system to achieve results in full alignment with national priorities is part and parcel of its shared identity and an important aspect of its legitimacy. My fellowship thesis explores the potential for partnerships to share the responsibility for the implementation of SSF –VG via regional and national networks that already exist in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It does so by assessing the functions of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations and the Locally Managed Marine Area network alongside the network functions recognized in the SSF-VG.The idea of strengthening partnerships with the existing networks and their bridging organizations can hold much more promise for SSF-VG implementation within SIDS.


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