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Training of the Caribbean network of fisherfolk organisations in EAF and climate change: workshop

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Eighteen participants from 11 countries participated in a 2012 workshop, representing National Fisherfolk Organisations (NFOs) and Primary Fisherfolk Organisations (PFOs). This draft workplan was developed from commitments made by the participants on “Training of the Caribbean Network of Fisher Folk Organisations (CNFO) in the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) and climate change (CC)” funded by the ACP Fish II Programme. The workshop report highlights specific follow-up activities that they committed to doing to implement learnings.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) was contracted by the ACP Fish II project for the activity training in ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) and climate change (CC) for the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO). The purpose of this three and a half month project was to develop the capacity of fisherfolk leaders and organisation members in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago to participate in fisheries policy and other discussions on mainstreaming of EAF and CC into small-scale fisheries at the national and regional levels.

A needs assessment of the fisherfolk organisations in the region, including a desk review of key documents as well as semi-structured interviews with CNFO members, was conducted to inform design of this four-day workshop in St. Kitts. Design of the workshop also benefitted from input by the Technical Team appointed by the ACP Fish II project. Case studies include methods and practical steps for similar work.