Diagnostic of the Self-Governance Performance of Fishing Organizations in Mexico

We know very little about why fishers organize, how their organizations operate and how they perform in terms of sustainability, economic efficiency, social accountability and justice, among others. Information answering these questions is useful to empower fisher organizations themselves and to better design future interventions for their improvement. Towards these aims, the National Diagnostic of Fishing Organizations (DNOP for its acronym in Spanish) was created and embodies a groundbreaking collaboration among the fishing sector, academia, and civil society on a national scale.
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Resilience and Adaptive Capacity of Small-Scale Fishing Communities and Coastal Marine Ecosystems to Environmental and Economic Variability

With the increasing emphasis on reconciling food security and other development aims with biodiversity conservation, integrated understanding of small-scale fisheries is more critical than ever. This research project will contribute fundamental knowledge of human-environment interactions in coastal marine systems, and help inform development and evaluation of innovative small-scale fisheries management strategies in Mexico and elsewhere.
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Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The Contributions of Small-Scale Fisheries to Sustainable Development

In collaboration with FAO and WorldFish Center we used lessons learned by the 2012 study Hidden Harvest: The Global Contribution of Capture Fisheries (‘HH1’) to design a global study to better understand the association between the capture small-scale fisheries (marine and inland) and issues related to food security and poverty alleviation. We will be implementing a standarized methodology in a number of countries around the world.
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What does the implementation process of the SSF guidelines look like and who gets to be involved?

The 2014 SSF Guidelines promote a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). An important part of this approach is to ensure effective participation of small-scale fisheries actors in decision-making processes. A first step towards ensuring this involvement is a clear overview of existing organizations and their development needs, and an understanding of where there are gaps and representative organizations are missing.
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Ocean philanthropy

Philanthropic foundations have contributed significantly to global environmental governance as sponsors of conservation projects, networks, policy initiatives, and research around the world. In 2018, our research team initiated a year-long participatory planning process to design a research project focused on the roles and impacts of philanthropic funding on marine conservation governance.