Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO) together with her partners Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), Sweden, African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing (CAOPA), Senegal and Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements (CFFA), Seychelles and Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya participated in the conference. We held a side event during the SBEC on the 26th November 2018. The theme of the side event was The Blue economy and strategies for blue growth: will this be compatible with securing sustainable small scale fisheries?. The side event was well attended with over 350 delegates. The focus of the side event was on;
- 1.The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and poverty eradication and the linkage to blue economy
- 2.Community experiences and perspectives on Blue Economy (Their role in contributing to the Blue Economy agenda in terms of livelihood, food security)
- 3.The role of legislative framework in promoting the space of small scale fisheries (SSF) in the blue economy agenda.
Together with our fisher community groups we held an exhibition for the entire conference period to showcase the various value added marine products.
We aspire that Kenya's Blue Economy agenda will support the visibility, recognition and enhancement of the important role and contribution of small scale fisheries to national economic development, and the women particularly from the coastal and marine riparian areas will be supported through an enabling policy and capacity development environment.