“If we’re not sitting at the table, we’re going to be on the menu to be eaten.” – Felicito Núñez Bernandez, representative from the Garifuna fishing community of Honduras.
The media has been reporting on the presence of small-scale fishers and representatives at the United Nations’ conference on the Convention on Biodiversity (COP15). These indigenous community representatives traveled to Montreal to make their voices heard and ensure their rights are taken into account. Representatives from artisan fisheries, civil society, and coastal communities from around the world met for a roundtable on the necessity to prioritise human rights in marine conservation.
The roundtable event, which took place on 10 December 2022, was part of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, in collaboration with Coope SoliDar, SwedBio, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, CFFA, ICCA Consortium, OACPS, the LMMA Network and more!
Read the press coverage of the event, ‘Indigenous and local communities small-scale fisheries: local stewardship for the implementation of the 2030 biodiversity conservation agenda’:
COP15 on biodiversity | Protection of marine areas: small-scale fishermen demand to be heard (Actual News Magazine)
Blue Ventures believes that the best way to protect nature is to protect the human rights of those who live among it and depend upon it.
Blue Ventures is a conservation organisation. We recognise the critical importance of increasing ocean protection. And we believe that conservation led by communities, for communities, is the only viable pathway to protection of our coastal seas at scale.
Read more about our position on 30×30 here.
Find out more about our position and activities at COP15.