Dragging feet and lack of courage and imagination is holding governments and major industries back. According to a recent report, in 2019 the fossil industry spending will increase to $115bn, with just 3% of that directed at low carbon projects.Similar issues are playing out in the WTO where member countries can not even agree on a new chair of an important committee, so that any progress on phasing out subsidies for industrial fleets is again in jeopardy this year in breach of the commitment to phase them out by 2020 (SDG14.6).
That puts more responsibility on the shoulders of civil society organisations for capacity building, mobilisation, testing alternatives at smaller scales and paving the way for change on fair terms.
As far as working for viable and prosperous futures for small-scale fisheries are concerned, Mundus maris is happy to note interest of several organisations in teaming up with us around these shared concerns. Together we want to push forward with the small-scale fisheries academy to strengthen capacities on the ground. A round of follow-up capacity building is scheduled for October, again with attention to advancing on gender equity for stronger performance of men and women in family entreprises and along value chains. Help make a difference by supporting this work with a weekly or monthly donation to
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