Artisanal fishermen in the Philippines. In a nation made up of 7,100 islands, small-scale fishing provides livelihoods to hundreds of thousands of people. (Photo: Bernard Spragg. NZ, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED moving towards an inclusive blue economy

This week we're at a UNESCAP workshop on Oceans Accounts where we're discussing, among other things, a toolkit to improve the way fisheries - especially small-scale fisheries - are reflected in national accounts.

These accounts can help identify 'social' intervention points. They can drive investments and policy bias in favour of disadvantaged groups including women, low income groups, ethnic minorities, people living with disabilities, and people living in remote areas.

For more on our fisheries accounts work, read Revealing the value of small-scale fishing to national economies.

In September, we'll be supporting Least Developed Countries (LDC) negotiators at the talks of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

We are identifying and promoting incentive mechanisms that align ecological and economic outcomes in equitable ways, and we are striving to promote an equitable and fair international treaty to govern the high seas. For more information, download Equity and benefit sharing from marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Video: Why should we value the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the economy?

Why should we value the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the economy?

IIED Principal researcher Essam Yassin Mohammed explains why we should value the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the economy.

Watch the video.


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