Statement made by: World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) and International Collective in Support of Fishworker (ICSF) on
Made at: Eleventh Conference of Parties to the CBD, 8-19 October 2012.
With millions of people dependent on inland water fisheries for a livelihood, fishing communities perhaps have one of the largest stakes stake in ensuring the health of inland waters and their biodiversity. It is important to ensure the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, including fishing communities, in the conservation and sustainable use of inland waters biodiversity if long-term conservation goals are to be met and if the ability of biodiversity to continue to support the water cycle is to be maintained. This would require the integration of the traditional knowledge, practices and rights of the Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
Supporting Indigenous Peoples and local communities, particularly fishing communities, to sustainably manage inland waters, by strengthening cooperation on capacity building and governance, promoting secure land and water tenure, and particularly by putting in place participatory decision-making processes and benefit sharing arrangements, is crucial to the conservation of inland water biodiversity and maintenance of the water cycle.
We ask Parties to: