Slow Fish Caribbean: consolidating models of conservation and sustainable consumption in areas of interest to Slow Food.
The project promotes the conservation of the biodiversity of Caribbean coastal ecosystems and coral reefs, consolidating good practices for the sustainable use of food resources in protected areas (Biosphere Reserves - BR). The promotion of the sustainable management of natural marine and coastal resources, essential in the fight against poverty and for the promotion of food security, is fully in line with ‘EU Biodiversity for Life’, a European initiative designed to check the loss of biodiversity through initiatives for the conservation of ecosystems in harmony with socioeconomic development.
- To promote traditional knowledge and consolidate the technical and administrative expertise of benefiting communities inside and outside protected areas in Colombia (CO) and Mexico (MX) in order to improve the management and use of natural marine and coastal resources and diversify the communities’ productive activities, hence to reduce the extraction of resources.
- To increase the economic and social wellbeing of local communities and their commitment to conservation, and to promote sustainable management of marine and coastal zones through the sustainable use of local food resources as the driving force of local development with a cultural identity.
- To offer ample access to the knowledge, experiences and results of different models of intervention in protected areas, spreading best practices in the Caribbean region, beginning with Slow Food’s Slow Fish Caribbean network.
The specific beneficiaries of the project will be the artisan fishers and processors (especially the women who gather black crabs) of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve on the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina (Colombia) and the fishing cooperatives of the Biosphere Reserves of Sian Kaan (SK) and Banco Chinchorro in Mexico. Other fishing and marine resource gathering communities in various Caribbean countries will be involved in the Slow Fish network’s activities and exchanges.
The project will involve an initial phase of mapping the principal and active players in the two areas identified in order to draw up their respective agendas. Training programs will then be organized on subjects such as: integrated protected area management, the development of alternative fishing activities and the creation of participatory systems for monitoring the resources of marine biodiversity. Models of intervention based on Slow Food principles will also be developed to specifically involve the Providencia Black Crab Presidium and the communities of the RBBC and SK Reserves in Mexico. The overall aim of the project throughout its duration will be to consolidate the Slow Fish Caribbean network, on the one hand as a space for the sharing and exchange of experiences within the Slow Food international network, on the other as a campaign of political lobbying to raise awareness about responsible consumption.