In 2019, the AG SSF-GSF expressed the need to establish regional platforms with the purpose of bringing the implementation process of the SSF Guidelines closer to the local realities.
The Regional Advisory Groups were then created in 2020 to ensure a coherent implementation of policies, strategies and actions in support of the SSF Guidelines implementation at the regional level, and to inform the AG SSF-GSF regarding the status of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines and of the fulfillment of the small-scale fisher and Indigenous peoples’ rights.
They are composed of both SSF organizations members of the IPC and other SSF allied organizations. They were established following the FAO regional division, thus facilitating the interaction with the FAO regional offices and the FAO Regional Conferences. They develop regional coordination mechanisms, strengthen civil society’s efficiency to lead the implementation of the SSF Guidelines at the national level, and develop advocacy strategies.
Currently, the following Regional Advisory Groups are in place:
- The Regional Advisory Group in Africa
- The Regional Advisory Group in Asia and the Pacific
- The Regional Advisory Group in Latin America and the Caribbean