Promoting broader, international cross-learning and collaboration among stakeholders developing information and communication technology solutions for small-scale fisheries across the globe.
#ICT4Fisheries #smallscalefisheries #ICT4SSF #ICT4D
Small-scale fisheries (SSF), encompassing all activities along the value chain, play a critical role in food security, poverty eradication, equitable development and sustainable resource utilisation, with an increasing research and development focus on more inclusive and innovative governance systems.
ICT4D & ICT4FISHERIES
With the current worldwide trends towards the increasing affordability of mobile devices, rapid development of internet connectivities, and ease of use of web and mobile applications (apps), information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly being used to develop sophisticated systems to address some of the world’s more pressing social and ecological challenges. This provides an exciting opportunity to engineer innovative ICTs to assist small-scale fishers and relevant stakeholders in their day-to-day operations.
Various platforms, already in existence or in development, can enable fisher communities to be incorporated into information and resource networks: from fishery monitoring and maritime safety, to local development and market opportunities. Critical questions in this approach pertain to data ownership, protection of local knowledge and power imbalances related to the use of new technologies and data. Further questions lie in the scale and uptake of such technologies in regional fisheries management efforts.
We believe that ICTs, if co-designed by and for SFF, can provide an entry point into all key principles underpinning the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s (UN-FAO) Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (VGSSF). Accordingly, this information and networking portal is intended to promote broader, international cross-learning and collaboration among stakeholders who are developing open-source apps for the diverse small-scale fisheries across the globe.
#ICT4Fisheries aligns itself with the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization’s (UN-FAO) Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security & Povery Eradication
Bring together fisher groups, fisher leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academics and other stakeholders with experience, or an interest, in the use of fisher-driven ICTs, to promote networking at international, national and regional level
EMPOWER SMALL-SCALE FISHING COMMUNITIES
Build an understanding of the contribution that ICTs can make towards empowering SSF communities, enabling them to secure their human rights, share local ecological knowledge and ensure the co-production of new knowledge towards enhanced sustainability of marine resources
ALIGN WITH INTERNATIONAL GUIDANCE
Facilitate the sharing of knowledge on best practices in supporting the development of free or low-cost apps that can assist with the implementation of the UN-FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
Identify the right processes whereby fisher-driven mobile apps can contribute towards transparency, equity, sustainability and accountability
DEVELOP BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES
Develop best practice guidelines for supporting the development of apps for fisher knowledge and data capture, data use, safety-at-sea, communication, and market-related needs
Find practical ways to pool strengths and experiences and thereby foster collaboration, with specific focus on the need for integration of various apps, their ease of use, sustainability and accessibility across the globe