Policy coherence with the small-scale fisheries guidelines: analysing across scales of governance in Pacific small-scale fisheries

Cohen, Philippa J., Song, Andrew M., and Morrison, Tiffany H. (2017) Policy coherence with the small-scale fisheries guidelines: analysing across scales of governance in Pacific small-scale fisheries. In: Jentoft, Svein, Chuenpagdee, Ratana, Barragán-Paladines, María José, and Franz, Nicole, (eds.) The Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines: Global Implementation. MARE Publication Series (14). Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 57-77.

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Abstract

Concerns about the sustainability of small-scale fisheries, and the equitable distribution of fisheries benefits, are wide-spread within government agencies, non-government organizations, and rural fishing communities throughout Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Addressing these concerns was given renewed impetus in recent years with the completion and adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines). This global document enters a complex policy landscape within the Pacific region. In anticipation of its region-wide implementation, this chapter focuses on policy coherence; using Solomon Islands as a case we investigate the potential interplay of the SSF Guidelines with priority policies at the regional, national, and sub-national levels. We first examine the SSF Guidelines to identify 22 dominant themes, including human rights, adaptive capacity, and tenure rights. We then focus in on 11 on policy instruments known to directly influence small-scale fisheries governance; we examine to what extent and in which direction the small-scale fisheries themes are represented in these 11 regional, national, and sub-national policies. We find areas of incoherence in addition to nine themes that are relatively poorly represented (‘gaps’) in the current policy landscape. More positively, however, we also observe a large-scale overlap on many of the key themes. While our analysis is specific in its application to Solomon Islands, our approach to diagnose areas of incoherence and gaps is easily applicable to other countries. This type of policy-based analysis is a useful first step to understanding priorities and strategies for implementation, and in particular opportunities for the SSF Guidelines to prompt adjustment and transformation of existing policies.

Item ID: 49917
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-55073-2
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Projects and Grants: SSHRC Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) project
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 01:17
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 70%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 30%
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