VGGT Popular Manual Preparation Workshop _2013

VGGT Popular Manual Preparation Workshop _2013

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Report of VGGT Popular Manual Preparation Workshop _2013

Duration: August 26-27, 2013

Venue: NAFSO Training Centre,

Negombo, Sri Lanka

Prepared by: Sanat K. Bhowmik


National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), Sri Lanka organized a workshop titled “Popular Manual Preparation of VGGT (Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure) on Fishery Workshop” during August 26-27, 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I participated in the workshop and represented Bangladesh Fish Workers’ Alliance (BFWA) and COAST Trust. Other organizations like WFFP (World Forum of Fisher Peoples) , NFF (National Fish workers Forum), PFF (Pakistan Fish Workers Forum), NAFSO were also the participants. This popular manual was initiated by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in the context of food security and food sovereignty. CFS (Committee on World Food Security) is also involved with the process. The FIAN (Food First Information and Action Network) is coordinating the whole process for preparation of the popular manual on VGGT. The VGGT includes three sectors like land, fishery and forest. Here we discussed about the fishery. Other two groups in the same venue discussed about the land and forest. The objectives of the workshop were to i) enhance the contents of VGGT of fishery tenure, ii) rationalize the VGGT fishery tenure, iii) provide inputs to the drafted guidelines, iv) identify the necessary cases, v) find the ways to implement the VGGT, vi) identify the problems and recommendation, vii) deepen understanding of VGGT and viii) build the capacity of fish workers.

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