Note updated dates: for remote participation, register HERE

  • Wed 29 March, 10am-1pm (Rome time), Espace Gabon room: an in-person workshop on art-based approaches to the protection of small-scale fishers’ human rights in South Africa (in person only) such as research-based theatre (Empatheatre), alternative mapping, animations, photo-stories that can be used to create transformative spaces for public dialogue and inclusive social processes. This workshop offers participants an introduction to some of these methods, and invites them to think through how arts-based methods can offer a strategic process for bringing together diverse actors to collectively take action for a more just and equitable process of ocean governance at all scales. Register here. 
  • Wed 29 March, 2-4pm (Rome time), Espace Gabon room: hybrid training event on human rights and fisheries co-organised with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. This training aims at supporting generative collaboration between small-scale fishers, researchers, fisheries specialists, environmental NGOs, human rights practitioners and international and national human rights mechanisms to protect the human rights of small-scale fishers. The training will co-identify gaps and capacity-building needs of fisheries and environmental experts interested in working more closely with human rights bodies, which can contribute to develop responsive events and resources. Register here
  • Friday 31 March, 9-11am (Rome time), Queen Juliana room: hybrid roundtable on World Trade Organisation (WTO) Fisheries Subsidies Agreement and small-scale fishers’ human rights, organised with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The roundtable will consider: the documented negative impacts on small-scale fishers’ human rights of harmful fisheries subsidies; potential negative impacts on them of subsidy removal; and the need to consider the broader human rights implications of re-investing the funds that will become available from the elimination of fisheries subsidies into the protection of small-scale fishers’ human rights. Register here. 
  • Friday 31 March, 15:30-17:00 (Rome time), Flag Room:Empatheatre performance ‘Lalela uLwandle (Listen to the Sea)’ after the official, high-level closing of IYAFA. Lalela uLwandle (Listen to the Sea) is a research-based theatre performance and public dialogue event that explores how we may start to build resilience and adaptation to climate change through environmentally just and equitable processes. Whilst grounded in the South African experience, the inter-generational stories of the sea performed in Lalela uLwandle resonate strongly with an international audience. The performance will be followed with a facilitated public-discussion with researchers, performers, decision-makers and the audience on the themes that emerge from the play.  Join online over Zoom, register here.
    Lalela ulwandle being performed at COP27 in november 2022. Photo: mitchell lennan