United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Germany

German Statement
„Partnership Dialogue 5: Increasing economic benefits to small
islands developing States and least developed countries and
providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine
resources and markets”
Excellencies, dear Delegates,
 Germany supports the implementation of concrete actions to increase
economic benefits for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from the conservation and
sustainable use of marine resources as outlined in the S.A.M.O.A.
pathway.
 We recognize the importance of sustainably managed fisheries,
aquaculture and tourism as drivers of a sustainable economy, and the
particular need to provide access for small-scale fishers to marine
resources and markets. At the same time we must not ignore the
need for conserving marine resources as the providers of valuable
ecosystem services for human well-being.
 Therefore German Development Cooperation is stepping up its
cooperation in the marine realm. The Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched in 2016 a 10 point
plan of action for marine conservation and sustainable fisheries and
has allocated more than 200 million US Dollar (more than 180 million
Euro) as voluntary commitments to its implementation for this
conference – roughly 50% of it for SIDS and LDCs.
 The Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and
Nuclear Safety (BMUB) will continue its support through the
international climate initiative for the conservation and sustainable use
of marine biodiversity including the support of sustainable small-scale
fisheries.
 Examples under the 10 point plan of action include the following
initiatives:
o The newly created Blue Action Fund that was launched in a side event at the German Ocean Pavilion today: Its first open call for proposals is focused exclusively on SIDS. The call is directed at national and international Non-Governmental Organizations. Projects will safeguard marine biodiversity and promote its sustainable use through small-scale fisheries and tourism.
o We also stepped up our funding for the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund which follows a similar approach.
o A new sustainable fisheries and aquaculture program within German development cooperation’s ONEWORLD-No-Hunger-Initiative with a focus on African countries and aiming at securing livelihoods, food security and economic benefits.
The action plan also supports partnerships, among other the following:
o With the private sector we created the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to improve the sustainability of fisheries and its supply chains. This partnership enhances sustainable fisheries management on the producer, and responsible behavior on the consumer side.
o To combat illegal, undocumented and unreported fisheries (IUU) within given legal instruments we work together and partner with the European Union, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, ILO, Interpol, UNODC and FAO.
o In addition we partner with FAO to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Small Scale Fisheries (VGSSF).
Thank you for your attention.
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