With active support of different professional associations organising people along all aspects of the value chain in the sector, academic partners and encouraged by other civil society organisations, upon proposal of Mundus maris asbl, the organising committee invited a wide array of sector stakeholders to the inaugural session of the small-scale fisheries academy. On 14 November 2018, the launch event was gracefully hosted by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) in their regional West Africa office on the campus of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.
Through a participatory process, a wide array of stakeholders, men and women, discussed what they want the academy to be and what the priorities for its start-up curriculum in 2019 are.
There was consensus that the Academy will be a space where everyone can express themselves freely and constructively. Perceived in this way, the Academy will be a space for reflection, training, co-production of knowledge, experimentation, social and technological innovation and mutual enrichment between actors and actresses with varied profiles always aiming at the prosperous and sustainable future of small-scale fisheries. This will happen through the strengthening of local capacities and by contributing to the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines (part of SDG14).
The priorities for the start-up phase of the academy are now being analysed and will form the basis for curriculum development and the work plan of the academy as it is taken forward by a multi-stakeholder Committee. They are being published in the newsletter about the inaugural session.
Shared knowledge about the SSF Guidelines and the FAO-CECAF recommendations for implementation in West Africa disseminated in Senegal
4 more screenings of the documentary
4 sessions of the academy for teaching and co-production of knowledge
Other, please specify
Screening of documentary with debate in fishing communities
Other, please specify
Video in Wolof about the Voluntary Guidelines
Staff / Technical expertise
Weekend sessions for teaching and co-production of knowledge, testing innovations (minimum in 2019)
Time-frame: January 2019 - December 2030
Mundus maris asbl (CSO), Collectif National des Pecheurs Artisanaux du Sngal (other relevant actor), Collectif National des Mareyeurs (other relevant actor), Association des jeunes pcheurs migrants (other relevant actor), INNODEV-UCAD (academic organization, observer), others in the process of joining
Cornelia Nauen, President, email@example.com, 003227341096
Brussels, Belgium + Dakar, Senegal