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The development of a Caribbean regional network of fisherfolk organisations and its role in Influencing fisheries policy

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S. McIntosh
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There have been many attempts in the Caribbean to establish networks of civil society organisations in order to increase their voice in decision - and policy - making about the use and management of the natural resources on which many Caribbean people depend for their livelihoods.

However, few have had sustained success, even at the national level. This success story exami nes the development of a regional network of fisherfolk organisations, through a systematic process of capacity building and strategi c planning, facilitated by the CRFM Secretariat, CERMES and CANARI, with funding from the CTA and the Commonwealth Foundation.

It documents the network‟s success in terms of policy influence and analyses the key factors that have led to these successes. It also considers the challenges facing the network as it seeks to formalise its structure and expand its range o f influence.

It concludes by listing the lessons learned that can be of value to other civil society organisations and networks seeking to influence policies related to marine and coastal resources.