Riberalta Fish Fair promotes joint collaboration between fishers and authorities to develop the fisheries sector

Riberalta Fish Fair promotes joint collaboration between fishers and authorities to develop the fisheries sector

The principal fisher and retail associations in Riberalta united with public and private institutions to promote fish and appreciation of its regional wealth and diversity.

Riberalta, the principal fishing port in the Bolivian Amazon, now celebrates a Fish Fair every year. Institutionalized by the Autonomous Municipal Government, it takes place every 6th of august. In 2015, it took place as the 8th "Educational, Cultural and Gastronomic Fair" , attracting a vast number of women, men, and children. These delighted in the abundant variety of fish dishes, while enjoying cultural and educational activities.

For the Project, the success of the fair was due to the strategic joint collaboration of the fisheries sector with private and public authorities dedicated to the sector’s development. During this event the Peces para la Vida II team supported male and female fishers in strengthening their decision-making capabilities, and in facilitating coordination between key players.

The Unified Federation of Fishers, Fish Culturists, and Retailers (La Federación Única de Pescadores, Piscicultores y Comercializadores (FEUPECOPINAB) and the Association of Fishers of Riberalta (Asociación de Pescadores de Riberalta) worked in alliance with a number of public and private institutions to host the fair. Among them were representatives from the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, the Decentralized Public Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Institución Pública Desconcentrada de Pesca y Acuicultura (IPD PACU - part of the Ministry of Rural Development and Land), the Agency for the Development of Macroregions and Border Regions (ADEMAF – part of the Planning Ministry), the Autonomous Municipal Government of Riberalta, and the School of Arts in Riberalta, in addition to private sponsors.

Activities like this fair promote coordination and connections among local actors which supports the creation of multi-stakeholder spaces (platforms), a strategy that builds sustainability of the activities being undertaken by PPV II.

Alvaro Céspedes, IMG, lorcespedes@gmail.com
Luz Mejía, IMG, luzsarah.mejia@gmail.com
Roxana Salas, FAUNAGUA, Roxana.salas@faunagua.org

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