Support for the working group in the formulation of an implementation strategy for artisanal fisheries in Brazil

Location: São Paulo – SP, Brazil.

Partners: Teia Pesca.

Date: April to July 2017.

In 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Fisheries in the context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication”. This document is an international instrument that takes into account the human rights approach applied to the context of artisanal fishing. In June 2016, a national seminar was held by organizations and social movements active in the sector, with the aim of disseminating the document published by the FAO and discussing how it could be implemented in Brazil. The discussion led to the drafting of the document Pesca Vital (Vital Fishing): establishing courses for the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries International Guidelines in Brazil, which reflects the need to adapt the international guidelines to the reality of fisheries in Brazil. The seminar also enabled the creation of a working group for the implementation of the guidelines in Brazil, comprising representatives of  artisanal fishing social movements, non-governmental organizations, government representatives and academics, all members of the Teia Pesca (Support Net for Artisanal Fisheries in Brazil). In April 2017, the working group met in São Paulo, in the University of São Paulo Support Center for Human Populations in Brazilian Humid Areas – NUPAUB/USP, to discuss, among the possibilities permitted by the Brazilian political situation, a strategy for implementing the Guidelines for Small-Scale Fisheries in Brazil. This meeting resulted in the formulation of an ongoing project and strategy to organize the capture of funding from financing agencies.