StewardFish Report of the Caribbean FisherFolk Mentors Training Workshop StewardFish Project
Fisherfolk leaders, mentors and representatives of the Department of Fisheries from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines participated in the Caribbean Fisherfolk Mentors Training workshop in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from October 29th to November 1st. The workshop was a key activity under the “Developing Organisational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries (StewardFish)” project which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As one of the co-executing partners of the StewardFish project, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is applied an innovative organisational capacity strengthening method to help build the capacity of the national fisherfolk organisations/lead primary fisherfolk organisations that are members of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) in the seven project countries. The method will use trained mentors to deliver a tailored programme of training, mentoring, coaching, action learning and facilitating peer exchanges for organisational strengthening. At the four-day workshop, mentors as well as fisherfolk leaders and fisheries agency representatives built their capacity to support fisherfolk organisations in three priority areas – financial sustainability, good governance and participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning.