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Concerns of small-scale, artisanal fishers highlighted at global biodiversity meet October 09,2012   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

The concerns of small-scale and artisanal fishers from different parts of the world were today highlighted at the ongoing 11th Session of the Committee of the Parties (COP11)to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Hyderabad, India, by the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) and the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).

In a Statement on Agenda Item 10: Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, WFFP and ICSF pointed to the need to integrate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities and to ensure their full and effective participation in the implementation of the Convention.

It is unfortunate, the Statement noted, that these foundational principles have not been taken into account in the various processes initiated for the description of the Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine and Coastal Areas (EBSAs).

The Statement asked Parties to ensure that all work related to the description of EBSAs integrates the traditional, scientific, technical and technological knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities, consistent with Article 8(j) and 10 (c). It further urged Parties to ensure that there is full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, particularly fishing communities,


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