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FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative


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FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative

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FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative

  1. 1. FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative Blue Growth: Issues for Fisheries Dependent Coastal Communities 5 October 2017, St. Julian's, Malta Árni M. Mathiesen, ADG Fisheries & Aquaculture Department of FAO
  2. 2. Overview 1. Introduction to FAO BGI 2. BGI Communities Platform 3. Key takeaways
  3. 3. FAO Blue Growth Initiative  FAO is working with a number of countries to develop and implement Blue Growth Strategies  Not a one-size-fits-all approach, takes into account country priorities
  4. 4. Business as Usual Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) FAO Blue Growth Initiative
  5. 5. FAO Blue Growth Initiative  Create enabling conditions for the transition to Blue Growth  Improve governance of aquatic ecosystems  Empower stakeholders for equal participation along the fisheries and aquaculture value chain  Conserve biodiversity and habitats Implementation PhasesObjectives
  6. 6. BGI Communities Platform EMPOWERING SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS IS CRITICAL TO THE BLUE COMMUNITIES PLATFORM  Over 90% of all fishers and fish workers are small-scale  Most are in developing countries and half are women  Vital socio-economic function of SSF for food and nutrition security, income, employment, trade, etc.  SSF are excellent candidates for transition towards blue growth due to their interconnectivity with and reliance on aquatic ecosystems  Huge potential when people employed in SSF act not only as resource users but also as resource stewards
  7. 7. BGI Communities Platform
  8. 8. BGI Communities Platform  Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related IPOAs  The “Tenure Guidelines”  The “SSF Guidelines”  The Right to Food Guidelines  The “RAI” Principles
  9. 9. BGI Communities Platform Achieve environmental, economic, and social objectives Foster “enabling conditions” Deliver “transformational interventions” Scale-up or “mainstream” Blue Communities
  10. 10. Key Takeaways  The FAO Blue Growth Initiative is a framework for achieving sustainable growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sector  The goals of the FAO Blue Growth Initiative are to maximize economic and social benefits in an environmentally sustainable fashion  The FAO Blue Communities platform seeks to empower and build resilient communities with improved livelihoods, food security and employment based on sustainable natural resources use, social organizations, norms and values, and users’ rights  The FAO Blue Growth Initiative is closely aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Rights
  11. 11. Thank you FAO Blue Growth Initiative Brochure: