In this Forum, indigenous delegates from the Slow Fish network came together to discuss the various effects that climate change is already having on indigenous fishing communities all over the world. Each panelist spoke about the challenges that their communities face, as well as the progress that they’ve made.
The open discussion between the panelists and the public focused mainly on the importance of finding constructive ways for communities and institutions to work together. Most people had not had positive experiences in this regard, and many agreed that, even when papers, positions, or proposals are worked out, they are rarely followed with action. This is often because industrial interests end up out-weighing the interests of indigenous peoples, and because most management models are still based on a top-down approach, which is highly problematic.
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