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Implementing the SSF Guidelines: what we have learnt and what we need to do next

January 27, 2021 @ 16:00 - 18:00

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The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), endorsed by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in 2014, provide a framework for small-scale fisheries governance and development. To support their implementation, a Global Strategic Framework (SSF-GSF) was put in place as a partnership mechanism giving small-scale fisheries actors, government representatives and other stakeholders a space to collaborate at a global level.

Since their endorsement, governments, small-scale fisheries organisations and other stakeholders and partners have been working to ensure that the SSF Guidelines are known and applied. Today, a few years down the line, various experiences exist of SSF Guidelines implementation support and a discussion around these experiences would be useful to guide continued efforts.

Accordingly, the SSF-GSF Friends of the SSF Guidelines group, consisting of selected FAO members [1], and the Advisory Group (AG) representing small-scale fisheries and Indigenous peoples organisation [2], proposes this webinar that will showcase experiences of applying the SSF Guidelines at different scales, by different actors, and in different contexts. It will allow for sharing approaches and lessons learnt and to discuss how the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, can be further promoted to enhance the contribution of the small-scale fisheries sector, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including with regard to food security and nutrition, and equitable development for men and women in the sector and beyond.

On the eve of the 34th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the webinar will provide inputs to ensure synergies between the implementation of the SSF Guidelines and the objectives of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA2022), and the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF).


[1] Canada, Indonesia, Norway, Peru and Tanzania.
[2] WFF, WFFP, IITC, and LCV, collaborating within the alliance space of the IPC.


The webinar will take place on 27 January 2021 at 16:00/4:00 PM (CET). Equivalent local hours can be found here.

Presentations will be made in English. Interpretation will be provided in Spanish and French.

To enter the webinar, please click on the following link:


ID meeting: 843 9343 3736

Passcode: Guidelines


Webinar agenda

Moderator: SSF-GSF Advisory Group
Time Item Speaker
16:00 Welcome and introductory remarks: Overview of the SSF Guidelines Friends of the Guidelines

Advisory Group

16:20 Institutional structures needed for SSF Guidelines implementation – experiences from Tanzania Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Fisheries Development Division, Tanzania
16:30 Implementing the SSF Guidelines: the role of the Regional Advisory Groups, experiences from Asia and Pacific Herman Kumara (NAFSO/WFFP) on behalf of the Asia&Pacific SSF Regional Advisory Group
16:40 Opportunities and challenges in South Africa: experiences from the Project “Ensuring the socio-economic rights and decent work conditions for South African small-scale fishers” Sibongiseni Gwebani (Masifundise Development Trust/WFFP)
16:50 Implementing the SSF Guidelines: Impact on the ground Nadine Nembhard (CNFO/WFFP)
17:05 Discussion and additional comments Advisory Group
17:35 Wrap-up and final remarks Friends of the Guidelines

Webinar closed




January 27, 2021
16:00 - 18:00