Course Details - Resilient Fisheries Governance

Contribution to economy and food security

Fisheries plays a vital role in global, national and rural economies and contributes to food security and nutrition. 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.

Fish stocks in trouble

The current status of the world’s living aquatic resources varies but the number of fish stocks in trouble seems to exceed the number that is in a good or excellent state. Overcapacities of the world's fishing fleets, unsustainable fishing practices and weak management systems have been some of the key drivers. Climate change impacts fish and the ecosystems they depend on leading to decreased productivity, species migration as well as conflict over resource use and increased risks associated with more extreme climatic events such as hurricanes. At the same time, demand continues to rise, and fish products are now one of the most widely traded commodities in the world.

Balancing under pressure

One of the primary tasks of the fisheries manager is to balance the pressure on the fish stocks and the aquatic habitat resulting from exploitation with the carrying capacity of natural populations and ecosystems. However its complexity, diversity and dynamics and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders makes fisheries difficult to govern. This requires innovative solutions which can be created when stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decision making processes.

People-centred fisheries governance

To enhance the contribution of fisheries to food and livelihoods security a transition towards more people centred governance approaches is needed. Strengthened governance in the fisheries sector with involvement of the public, civil society and private sector is required to reduce pressure on the fish stocks and the aquatic habitat, to develop incentives for sustainable ecosystem management and to ensure that the role of fisheries in reaching global food production is considered. When stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences and learn together, innovative solutions can be created to contribute to decision making processes.

Course objectives

In this course which is organised in cooperation with other Dutch and international institutes, you will learn about fisheries governance needed to ensure food, nutrition and livelihood security. It will give you new 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 together and help them understand each other's perspectives, manage their conflicts and learn together.

Interactive training

The training programme is highly interactive and will allow you to practice a range of participatory methodologies. It uses real-life case studies to illustrate the effect and impact of different management approaches and practices. Training methods include small group activities, role plays, excursions and individual assignments. You will be challenged to apply the concepts learned to your own work situation. The course will be organised in cooperation with Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR along with other Dutch and international institutes working in fisheries governance and management such as FAO.

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