892Expert Caribbean Fisheries Learning Group set to work on governance issues - Meida Release
- Aug 22, 2013
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:08:48 +0000
Subject: [IUCN_Caribbean_Members] Expert Caribbean Fisheries Learning Group set to work on governance issues - Meida Release
For Immediate Release
Expert Caribbean Fisheries Learning Group set to work on governance issues
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. August 20, 2013 - Over 35 fisherfolk leaders and resource persons from 17 Caribbean countries are attending an inception meeting being held in Trinidad and Tobago to establish a regional Fisherfolk Leaders Action Learning Group to look at how fisherfolk can effectively contribute to food and nutrition security in the Caribbean.
The Action Learning Group will work to ensure that regional and national fisherfolk organisations participate in fisheries governance and management in the Caribbean. During this week’s meeting the Group will develop a four year plan of action that will take place under a project supported by the European Union EuropeAid programme.
The project which is titled “Enhancing food security from the fisheries sector in the Caribbean: Building the capacity of regional and national fisherfolk organisation networks to participate in fisheries governance and management” is being implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). CANARI is working in partnership with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI CERMES), Panos Caribbean, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Associations (CNFO) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CFRM).
“This is a critical meeting to mobilise key persons in the fisheries sector to ensure that we can start addressing some serious issues facing the Caribbean,” said Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director of CANARI, a non-governmental organisation focusing on natural resources conservation in the Caribbean.
The USD 1.3 million project will target the CARICOM countries of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts a