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Provide Inclusive Science-based Approaches to the Implementation of SEAFRUIT LANDS project.
by University of São Paulo (Academic institution)
"Seafruit lands" aims to strengthen the creation, identification, and promotion of sustainable fisheries sites across the LAC region, with emphasis in Brazil. "Seafruit lands" will also be territories of education, science and culture permanently associated with the protection, promotion and awareness of maritime heritage. Territorial development strategies and action plans - essentially focused on its inhabitants and producers - will be set to create awareness and achievement of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development goals and FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, emphasizing the remaining natural and cultural capital. Maritime territories as seen as spaces of reciprocity, food supply, and public-oriented communitarian work, should enhance fisheries stewardship initiatives in multiple dimensions. The role of fish in the water-energy-food nexus and resilient cities approach (public health, water, food security) will be highlighted and jointly mapped by scientists (social and natural), grassroots movements, and public policy-makers. Seafruit lands will also seek to identify concrete opportunities for strengthening resilience (ecosystems, societies, economies), reducing vulnerabilities, and increasing the understanding and implementation of climate change adaptation actions of marine-dependent communities.

The project includes several partners from public and civil society organizations, and will take particular advantage of combining capacity building, education, and outreach opportunities from ongoing projects such as:

GULLS (Belmont Forum/FAPESP) - Global Understanding and Learning for Local Solutions: reducing the vulnerability of marine-dependent communities.

OCEANIDES (USP/University of California) - Organizacao de Conteudos Educativos para o Aprendizado das Mudancas Climaticas nos Oceanos no contexto Nacional e Internacional de Ensino Cientfico Solidario.

GLORIA (ESPA/NERC) - Global Learning Opportunities for Regional Indian ocean Adaptation.

FishAdapt (FAO/NACA) - Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Future of marine-dependent societies (Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA), University of So Paulo).

TBTI (SSHRC) - Global partnership for small-scale fisheries research.

Pro-Abrolhos fisheries (CNPq): snappers and groupers of the coral reef ecosystem off Abrolhos bank (NE Brazil).

CLIOTOP (IMBER) - Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators.

Strat-SBLME fisheries (CNPq) - Strategic analysis for ecosystem-based fishery management in the South Brazil Shelf large marine ecosystem.

And also from past initiatives, such as:

VIA SOC-ECON (CNPq) - Socioeconomic viability assessment of commercial fishing fleets of the South Brazil LME through performance indicators.

FISHERS - Ecosystem-based fishery management and fishers knowledge in So Paulo North shore.

SANTOS BASIN ecosystem modeling projects (CNPq and USP/CENPES).

NOVAPESCA (FINEP). Modernization of fisheries research: innovation and capacity building for an ecosystem approach to fisheries.

LULA (Biota/FAPESP)- Squids population dynamics, fisheries oceanography and the associated human dimension.

REVIZEE (Brazil MMA) - Evaluation of the sustainable biomass potential of marine living resources in Brazilian economic exclusive zone.

INCT Climate Change - National Institute of Science and Technology on Climate Change.

Leading laboratory: Fisheries Ecosystems Laboratory (LabPesq/IO/USP).
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
August 2017
Contact UN agency partners, international funders, National government agencies, and sponsors
December 2017
Submit final proposal to funders
October 2017
Publish an article
Financing (in USD)
200 USD
Other, please specify
30 years experience gained through several projects,
In-kind contribution
Salaries and infra-structure. Already mobilized resources declared above refers to funded projects (national agencies for scientific support)
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical expertise and staff
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2025 July
Numerous partners from public and civil society organizations
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
LAC region
Contact information
Maria Gasalla, Professor, mgasalla@usp.br, +55 11 3091 6549
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
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