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World News: EAD, IUCN Launches international guidelines on treasuring fishers’ knowledge by Mohammad Ali November 20,2020   |  Source: Urdu Point

The launch, which was held to commemorate the World Fisheries Day - celebrated every year on 21st November, is also in collaboration with World Forum of Fisher Peoples, and International Planning Committee Working Group on Fisheries. The voluntary guidelines recognise the importance of both indigenous, local marine-coastal community knowledge, and experienced Fishers’ Knowledge for the development of Fisheries Policy. They are designed to provide guidance on how to utilise this rich cultural knowledge in resource management, across a range of contexts, in pursuit of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management. The management of fisheries is defined across marine and freshwater systems as well as commercial, recreational, subsistence and small-scale fisheries. They guidelines were developed by a team led by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and included contributions from 50 experts and case studies from 16 countries. They also consulted with stakeholders from subject matter experts to governments, small-scale fisher organisations, indigenous fisher organisations, civil society organisations, research and academia, and the private sector.

One of the important targets is "Target 18" on traditional knowledge which has three key elements. Firstly, respect of traditional


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