Social protection to foster sustainable management of natural resources and reduce poverty in fisheries-dependent communities

Since 2014–2015, as part of a wider strategy to promote rural development within the framework of poverty reduction, FAO started analyzing the linkages between social protection and sustainable use of natural resources, through country-specific case studies in Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The technical workshop “Social protection to foster sustainable management of natural resources and reduce poverty in fisheries-dependent communities” gathered 29 participants to discuss available evidence and make recommendations for the work programme of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in relation to social protection and poverty reduction in fisheries dependent communities. Among the outcomes, the workshop suggested strengthening the conceptual framework for poverty and natural resources management in fisheries-dependent communities in order to reconcile socio-economic development and natural resources conservation. The workshop also suggested carrying out further country case studies and deepening the understanding of the link between social protection and sustainable use of natural resources, exploring how coherence between social protection and fisheries policies can be promoted at country level.