Fisheries contributes to food security and nutrition and plays a vital role in global, national and rural economies.
Fish is highly nutritious and serves worldwide as a valuable supplement in diets lacking essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The primary threats undermining the food and nutrition security potential of fisheries results from ineffective management coupled with poor conservation of habitats. To enhance the contribution of fisheries to food and livelihoods security a transition towards more people centred governance approaches is needed. Involvement of the public, civil society and private sector is required to develop incentives for sustainable ecosystem management and to ensure that the role of fisheries in reaching global food production is taken into account.
The dynamics in fisheries and its potential for food and nutrition security
Balancing under pressure
One of the primary tasks of the fisheries manager or governor is to balance the pressure on the fish stocks and the aquatic habitat. This requires innovative solutions which can be created when stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decision making processes. In this course, you will learn about fisheries governance needed to ensure food, nutrition and livelihood security. It provides you with insights on challenges that fisheries governance faces and explore ways to strengthen it. The course provides a framework in which you will acquire insights and skills to bring stakeholders in the fisheries system and help them understand each other’s perspectives, manage their conflicts and learn together. The programme is highly interactive and will allow you to practice a range of participatorymethodologies in a real-life case. You will be challenged to apply the concepts learned to your own work situation.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- know the potential of fisheries for food and nutrition security and challenges undermining this;
- understand fisheries governance concepts and explore ways to strengthen them;
- understand the importance of stakeholder engagement in governance;
- be able to apply participatory methodologies and tools in support of the fisheries management planning process;
Applicants should have an academic degree (BSc or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to fisheries management and governance. At least three years of relevant professional experience and proficiency in English are required.