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A just transition? Navigating the process of policy implementation in small-scale fisheries in South Africa

Merle Sowman, Jackie Sunde

One Ocean Hub, University of Cape Town

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  • climate,
  • coastal communities,
  • participation,
  • policy,
  • small-scale fishers,
  • inequalities
Target Group
  • Policy makers,
  • Researchers
  • English
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This paper provides a proposal for addressing the mismatches in the implementation of the South African Small-Scale Fishers Policy.

Published in October 21, this paper documents a lack of ongoing engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, inappropriate legal mechanisms to operationalise the policy, changing socio-economic factors at national and local level, and lack of resources and capacity to implement policy objectives as some of the reasons why small-scale fishers’ human rights were not protected in practice in South Africa.