Ocean Action Hub

Hosted by the Equator Initiative, The Government of Norway, RARE, GEF, the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and UNDP.


6:30 PM - 7:45 PM



Download the Side Event flyer here

N.B. Spanish and French interpretation provided

Seafood provides a crucial source of nutrition for millions of people as well as generating livelihoods for fishers and fish farmers around the world. Unfortunately, some fishing and fish farming practices can do more harm than good, depleting valuable stocks, harming the marine environment, and damaging human rights. Demand for fish globally is growing rapidly as the global population expands, placing an ever-greater demand on the aquatic environment that supports the production of fish and shellfish. Yet, there are ways to fish sustainably, allowing us to enjoy seafood while ensuring that fish and shellfish populations remain for the future. In many indigenous and local communities, people have fished sustainably for thousands of years and have a lot to share. It requires cooperation at all levels: from local communities to nations across the globe. It starts by increasing the wellbeing of fishing communities, and by addressing both the socio-economic elements of the challenge, and the management of natural marine resources. This dynamic side-event session explored solutions from local communities and indigenous peoples promoting sustainable fishing practices and marine conservation, while reducing poverty, securing food sources, and strengthening their livelihoods to achieve the 2030 agenda.

Welcoming remarks:

  • Moderator, Gerald Miles, Vice president, Global Development RARE

Local fisheries for sustainable livelihoods:

  • Eva Gurria, Equator Initiative, UNDP

Community Perspective:

  • Jeannette Naranjo Gonzalez, Coope Tárcoles, Costa Rica

Sustainable Fisheries for National Development:

  • Johan H. Williams, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Aairs

Community Perspective:

  • José Angel Canto Noh, Cooperative Societies of Fisheries Production of Cozumel and Vigía Chico, Mexico

Sustainable Global Fisheries for SDGs:

  • Yoshitaka Ota, Director of Policy, Nereus Programme

Community Perspective:

  • Fidison Jean Luc Miniminy, Consultation platform for the sustainable development of Antongil Bay, Madagascar

Q&A and closing remarks

More information: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=2009&me...

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Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 18:30
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Sustainable fisheries