Slow Fish Caribbean: consolidating models of conservation and sustainable consumption in areas of interest to Slow Food

Client

Slow Fish Caribe 

Purpose 

Catalys has provided technical assistance in the evaluation of Slow Fish Caribbean’s movement to consolidate models of conservation and sustainable consumption in Slow Food’s areas of interest. This 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.

 

The project has been implemented by Slow Food in conjunction with various collaborating entities in the Caribbean. 

 

Catalys has worked with Slow Fish Caribe in an effort to influence public policies to encourage decision-making bodies to adopt more sensitive initiatives towards local products. Additionally, we have supported Slow FIsh Caribe in promoting policies that will preserve the culture of the territory and the demands of their communities for the conservation of biodiversity. 

 

There has been a three-phase process undertaken in preparing the recommendations for the project. This was comprised of a review of the available information, identification and interview of internal and external experts, workshop with community actors and the preparation of recommendations validated by all parties involved. 

Outcome

Overall, the project delivered in its key objectives. The first of which was to improve the management and use of marine-coastal natural resources and diversify activities communities to reduce the extraction of resources by strengthening capacities of beneficiary communities both within and surrounding protected areas of Columbia and Mexico.

The second key aim of the project was to increase the economic and social well-being of local communities and their commitment to conservation and promote the sustainable management of marine-coastal biodiversity, through the responsible use of local food resources as an engine of territorial development with cultural identity.

The final objective was to offer wide access to the knowledge, experiences and results of the Intervention Models in protected areas to disseminate good practices in the Caribbean region, based on current and future members of the Slow Fish Caribe network of Slow Food.