SAMUDRA Report

  • Grabbing Oceans: Analysis
    (SAMUDRA Report 65, July 2013)
    As reserves grow in number and size in continental and marine areas, it is necessary to examine the human-rights issue of exclusion of people 
  • Ecological Sense: Report
    (SAMUDRA Report 63, November 2012)
    The issue of ecologically and biologically significant marine and coastal areas was a key focus at the recent COP11
  • Living off the Land: South Africa (Fr, Sp)
    (SAMUDRA Report 62, July 2012)
    A case regarding the customary rights of fishermen in the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area of South Africa could be a landmark
  • Managing Biodiversity: Report SBSTTA (Fr, Sp)
    (SAMUDRA Report 62, July 2012) 
    On the 16th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 
  • Uniting for Change: Report MPAs
    (SAMUDRA Report 58, March 2011) Fr, Sp
    At a recent conference in Recife, fishers from northeast Brazil demanded recognition of their status and rights to their territories
  • Humans and the seas Japan: MPAs
    (SAMUDRA Report 58, March 2011) Fr, Sp
    The Japanese Satoumi concept of managing coastal resources depends crucially on the bottom-up involvement of local communities
  • Building Partnerships: Sudan MPAs
    (SAMUDRA Report 57, November 2010)
    Fr, Sp
    The case of the Red Sea marine fisheries in Sudan shows how fishers’ rights can be strengthened through partnership building, adaptive management and ecosystem approaches
  • New Goals from Nagoya: Report of CBD COP10
    (SAMUDRA Report 57, November 2010) Fr, Sp
    The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Nagoya, Japan, made some progress
  • Seeking Protection: Report of South Africa MPA workshop
    (SAMUDRA Report 56, July 2010) Fr, Sp
    A recent workshop held at Langebaan, South Africa, dealt with how communities can be themselves protected as marine protected areas are increasingly developed
  • New Sense of Urgency: Report CBD SBSTTA meeting
    (SAMUDRA Report 56, July 2010) Fr, Sp
    A recent biodiversity meet witnessed a renewed sense of urgency for real solutions that draw on communities’ customary and local knowledge
  • Dubious Protection: Report CBD PoWPA
    (SAMUDRA Report 55, March 2010), Fr, Sp
    Recent workshops held to assess the Convention on Biological Diversity's Programme of Work on Protected Areas drew attention to the need for space for indigenous and local communities
  • Spain MPAs: Becoming proactive agents
    (SAMUDRA Report 53, July 09), Fr, Sp
    Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, has initiated a bottom-up implementation and shared governance scheme for marine protected areas for small-scale fisheries management
  • Marine Protected Areas: Managing to benefit
    (SAMUDRA Report 52, April 09), Fr , Esp
    A workshop on marine protected areas in India suggested ways to achieve livelihood-sensitive conservation and management of coastal and fisheries resources
  • Mexico: Marine reserves: Caught up in change
    (SAMUDRA Report 52, April 09), Fr, Esp
    The experience of traditional fisheries in marine reserves in Mexico's Yucatan State reveals the influence of social and economic effects
  • Analysis: MPAs, Importance of Social Capital
    (SAMUDRA Report 52, April 09), Fr, Esp
    Marine protected areas should factor in social capital-the relationships, networks, norms and sanctions that connect different people and institutions
  • Breaking Away from Tradition
    (SAMUDRA Report 50, Sept 08), Fr, Esp
    The Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) saw calls for a balance between the objectives of biological conservation and social justice
  • Panama Protected Areas: Mother Earth, Mother Seas
    (SAMUDRA Report 50, September 08) Fr, Sp
    In managing resources, indigenous peoples, like those in the Kuna Yala region of the northeast of Panama, have long recognized and respected the interrelationship between species
  • Recognize Rights
    (SAMUDRA Report 49; Mar 08) Fr
    , Esp
    The following statement on implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas was delivered on 11 February 2008, at the 2nd Meeting of the Ad hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Protected Areas, at Rome
  • Towards a New Commons
    (SAMUDRA Report 49; Mar 08) Fr, Esp
    A recent ICSF workshop drew on country case studies to provide a small-scale fishing community perspective on marine protected areas
  • Reversing from a Dead End
    (SAMUDRA Report 49; Mar 08) Fr, Esp
    The Iroise marine park in Brittany, France, could serve as a model for fishermen who wish to move towards sustainable fisheries while retaining their sources of livelihood
  • Reserving a Role for Communities
    (SAMUDRA Report 48; Nov 07)
    Fr, Esp
    Communities, if seen as rights holders, can be powerful allies in conservation and management of coastal and marine resources through protected areas
  • Be Consultative, Participatory
    (SAMUDRA Report 48; Nov 07) Fr, Esp
    The statement of Anglophone Africa Subregional Workshop on the Reivew of, and Capacity Building for, the Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas
  • Declaration of Charter
    (SAMUDRA Report 48; Nov 07) Fr, Esp
    The Declaration of Charter was adopted at the workshop on "Fisheries and Marine Reserves in India", held in New Delhi, India
  • An Integrated Approach
    (SAMUDRA Report 47; July 07) Fr, Esp
    The French experience shows that if fishermen are convinced of the potential benefits of marine protected areas, they will take an active part in their implementation
  • Only four years left to 2010!
    (SAMUDRA Report 43; Mar 06) Fr, Esp
    A joint NGO statement at the 2006 meeting of the CBD called for the involvement of indigenous/local communities
  • Life Studies
    (SAMUDRA Report 43; Mar 06) Fr, Esp
    A seasonal fishing ban meant to conserve turtles in Orissa, India, has fatally affected fishing communities
  • Dreams vs Painful Realities
    (SAMUDRA Report 42; Nov 05) Fr, Esp
    There are contradictions aplenty on both land and sea in the Corumbau Marine Extractive Reserve, Brazil
  • Making Local Communities Visible
    (SAMUDRA Report 42; Nov 05) Fr, Esp
    There are issues surrounding MPAs and the livelihoods of coastal communities within them
  • Speaking for ourselves
    (SAMUDRA Report 42; Nov 05) Fr, Esp
    Some reflections on the first International Marine Protected Area Congress, and the need for a human perspective
  • Filleting Nemo
    (SAMUDRA Report 38; July 04) Fr, Esp
    For many indigenous communities, national and marine parks can be significant threats to their hunting and fishing rights
  • Deal With Hunger and Poverty First
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    Coastal and indigenous fishing communities undoubtedly have a long-term stake in the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity, given their reliance on coastal and marine biodiversity for livelihoods and income.
  • Recognize rights
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    The following statement was issued at the 2004 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD
  • Uphold traditional fishing rights
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    This statement of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity was made at the 2004 meeting of the CBD
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    The following is the draft decision on marine and coastal biological diversity taken at the 2004 meeting CBD
  • Governance, Participation, Equity, Benefit Sharing
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    Programme element 2 in the Annex on programme of work on protected areas under Agenda item 24 is relevant to fishworkers
  • Sustaining Livelihoods
    (SAMUDRA Report 37; Mar 04) Fr, Esp
    This is a brief account of the discussions at the 2004 meeting of the CBD on Agenda Item 18.2 on marine and coastal biological diversity
  • Parking in the Right Place
    (SAMUDRA Report 36;  Nov 03) Fr, Esp
    Even in “strictly protected areas”, it is argued for permitting artisanal and community-based fisheries to operate, as long as their fisheries are not a threat to the health of the marine ecosystem, as determined by science-based observations. An ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management should consider fishers as part of the ecosystem, and not as outsiders
  • Protecting coastal areas
    (SAMUDRA Report 36;  Nov 03) Fr, Esp
    The World Parks Congress Recommendations 22 and 23 deal with building a global system of marine and coastal protected area networks
  • Jammed in Jambudwip
    (SAMUDRA Report 34; Mar 03)
    Fr, Esp
    The traditional stake-net fishers of the ecologically sensitive Jambudwip island, West Bengal, India, face a likely ban of their seasonal fisheries
  • The future reserved
    (SAMUDRA Report 20; May 98) Fr, Esp

    The experience of New Zealand seems to suggest marine reserves as a proactive solution to the crisis in the world’s oceans