This declaration represents the consolidated standpoint of small-scale coastal fisher-folk communities from both the Eastern Region and Southern Region of Thailand regarding their fundamental rights in protecting, conserving, rehabilitating and making use of coastal resources and coastal land in support of their livelihood security, food security and financial security. It also represents the views of these communities with respect to the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Small-scale Fisheries (VG-SSF).
The declaration was primarily arrived at through two large consultation workshops. The first workshop, entitled ‘Developing Recommendations on the Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Small-scale Fisheries (VG-SSF)’ was held at the Community Training and Learning Center, Andaman Foundation, Trang Province, Southern Thailand between 17-19 February 2012. It was a collaboration between Association of Women Small-scale Fisher-folk of Southern Thailand, Thailand Federation of Small-scale Fisher-folk Association, Sustainable Development Foundation, Andaman Recovery and Rehabilitation Organization, and Forest – Sea for Life Foundation, focused on understanding the standpoint of women small-scale fisher-folk regarding their fundamental rights and their views with respect to VG-SSF. The workshop was attended by 60 women small-scale fisher-folk from 8 provinces in the Southern Region of Thailand.
The second workshop, entitled ‘Thailand’s Coasts and Seas and Community Rights’, was held at Burapha University, Chanthaburi Campus, Chanthaburi Province, Eastern Thailand between 27-28 February 2012. It was a collaboration between Thailand Federation of Small-scale Fisher-folk Association, Sustainable Development Foundation, International Union (IUCN) for the Conservation of Nature and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.