World fisher-forum : 60 delegates from across the world to meet

Agenda includes discussions on sustainable fishing practices, conservation.


Express April 11, 2011

KARACHI:


Sixty delegates from 17 countries will participate in the fourth general assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP). WFFP is an international alliance of 36 organisations working in 32 countries for the rights of fisherfolk.


The assembly will be hosted by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) in Karachi on April 27. A PFF statement said that Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah would preside over the inaugural ceremony.

Major objectives include discussing issues of fishermen and trying to come up with global solutions. The delegates plan to discuss how to recognise, support and enhance the role of women in a fishing community’s social, economic, political and cultural development, to create an understanding of resources as common heritage and to debate sustainable fishing practices, conservation of marine and inland resources.

Water territories, arresting fishermen and several international frameworks such as the UN law of the sea, depletion of fish stock, food security and climate change are also on the agenda.

The general assembly of the WFFP is organised every three years. Its earlier constituent assembly meetings and a general body assembly was held in Delhi, India, Loctudy in France, Kisumu in Kenya and Negombo in Sri Lanka.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th,  2011.

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