The workshop is targeted at coastal and inland fishing communities in Eastern and Southern Africa. The following are the objectives of the workshop, with gender and sustainable development as cross-cutting themes:

  1. To discuss, and develop strategies, how access to resources and markets could be maintained or enhanced by securing access and user rights and post harvest rights at the local, national and regional levels;

  2. To discuss international human rights, biodiversity and fisheries management instruments and their relevance for inland and coastal fishing communities; and

  3. To enable participating organizations to arrive at common positions on the key themes of the forthcoming FAO Global Conference on Small Scale Fisheries