Dear <<First Name>>
Attention to small-scale fisheries (SSF) and associated gender issues continued as the central themes of work throughout July and August. The central focus was on using the best available diagnoses in the form of research results from several disciplines, of our own field work and insights from women and men working in different segments of the small-scale fisheries value chain for exploring possible solutions. More sustained experimentation about what can work in practice is sorely needed as prescriptions need to prove their worth under different sets of circumstances and in contexts of often difficult trade-offs.
The results of the recently released IPBES Report on the state of global biodiversity only reinforce this crucial need for doing. The report highlights the alarming possibility that the survival of as many as one million of an estimated eight million species could be threatened. The very tissue of life is tearing apart. The threats to species and their ecosystems stem from a range of primarily human-induced factors from overharvesting, habitat destruction and pollution to alien species introductions. Climate change is, of course, looming large over biodiversity as well.
We know that small-scale operators depend more directly on access to and use of natural resources than industrial ones and suffer overproportionately from the declining health of marine and other ecosystems. That adds a sense of urgency. Focusing on solutions is thus crucial.