'Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries'
The congress theme, “Transdisiciplinarity and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries,” invites us to think outside of the box about what we can do collectively to enhance understanding, promote the importance of small-scale fisheries, and support their viability and sustainability. Although the days are organized into science, community, policy, field and action, we encourage everyone to think about the following cross-cutting questions as we move through the congress. Comment below to share your insights on the questions or to ask other cross-cutting questions.
Monday, October 22
This day is designated for participants to share their findings from small-scale fisheries research and showcase how local, traditional, and scientific knowledge can be used as a driving force in decision-making and for making a real impact on the ground. Participants are encouraged to highlight innovative, transformative, and transdisciplinary approaches in doing and communicating small-scale fisheries science.
Tuesday, October 23
Small-scale fisheries communities play an imminent role in shaping the future for fisheries. This day will showcase work that helps enhance the understanding of small-scale fisheries communities and illuminate their importance. Participants are encouraged to present their experiences in community-based innovation and successful transformation.
Wednesday, October 24
The focus of this day is to address the challenges and opportunities to explore factors that may facilitate improved governance, enhanced legitimacy of formal and informal rules and regulations, and meaningful inclusion of various stakeholders groups in the decision-making process towards transformation of the small-scale fisheries sector. Special attention will be given to the discussion about how to pursue principles in the SSF Guidelines and to achieve SDGs.
Thursday, October 25
This is the day when we will go and visit a small freshwater lake, Kwan Phayao, where traditional small-scale fishing can be found. The trip will include a quick stop at a hot spring (only enough time to boil eggs), a longer stop at a local market (enough time to sample local delicacies), and a chat with local fishers.
Friday, October 26
This day is about moving forward and looking at ways to integrate knowledge and approaches discussed during the four previous days of the Congress. The goal is to come up with a number of actions plans regarding what is needed to transform small-scale fisheries, from the perspective of innovation and transdisciplinarity.