Supporting the participation of young leaders from Central America fishing communities in FAO´s civil society consultation

15 February 2012 | Article

A step closer to bringing youth voices from fishing communities to the World Conservation Congress, Jeju. South Korea

Thanks to the efforts and initiative of the The International Collective of Fishworkers (ICSF), the Confederation of Artisanal Fishers of Central America (CONFEPESCA), CoopeSoliDar R.L., the artisanal fisherfolk cooperative- CoopeTárcoles R.L and the CEESP Youth Network, young fishers from Central America will participate in the upcoming Central American regional civil society consultation on FAO´s “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries” that will take place in Nicaragua, on February 18, 2012.

The Guidelines support national, regional and international initiatives aimed at ensuring poverty alleviation and more equitable social and economic development, improving governance of fisheries, and promoting sustainable resource utilization. Fishers and fish workers worldwide fully support the process, and have pledged their participation and commitment through their civil society organizations—including the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), the World Forum of Fish workers and Fish Harvesters (WFF) and the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)—and with the support of the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC).

The consultation process is a follow up to national consultation process, and at this meeting will gather artisanal fishing organizations from Costa Rica, Panamá, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Through the unique dedication and vision of the organizations involved, youth voices will also be represented to provide their perspectives on the role young fishers can play in marine conservation, responsible use of resources and community development. The discussions held at this meeting will pave the way towards the participation of youth at the World Conservation Congress that will be held in Jeju in September, 2012.

Funding for the participation of the young participants in the consultation was provided by the Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management (CRC) and Fauna and Flora International (FFI).