Indigenous People Rights: privatization and conservation of fisheries

Themes: Capacity Development | Economic Growth | Environmental Sustainability | Private Sector Development | Social Development

Our team of policy (natural resources and fisheries), commercial, legal and indigenous peoples’ experts undertook an analysis and impact assessment of the policy to allocate tradable property rights to commercial fishing operators and in particular, the impact of the policy on pre-existing rights of indigenous people to the fisheries resources.

The government previously made and implmented a policy decision to use tradable property rights as a conservation tool for the protection of scarce and endangered fisheries resources, together with a devolution of management rights to industry.

However, criticism had arisen that in implementing this policy, the government had failed to adequately recognize and provide for possible pre-existing rights of indigenous people to the fisheries resources that had been privatized or that was scheduled to be privatized through the tradable fishing quota regime.

Guinness Gallagher’s team of experts reviewed and assessed the policy and its implmentation on the issue of existing rights of indigenous people to the fisheries resources, identified possible problems and solutions for the ministry responsible for the economic interests of the indigenous people and made a series of policy and commercial recommendations to the government.

The themes and sectors covered by this project were as follows: -

Theme Sub-Theme
Capacity Development - Institutional development
  - Organizational development
Economic Growth - Knowledge, science and technological capacities
  - Promoting economic efficiency and enabling business environment
Environmental Sustainability - Eco-efficiency
  - Environmental policy and legislation
  - Natural resource conservation
Private Sector Development - Policy reforms
  - Private sector investment
  - Privatization
  - Public-Private Partnerships
Social Development - Human development
  - Indigenous people
Sector Sub-Sector
Agriculture, natural resources, rural development - Fishery
  - Water-based natural resource management
Finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds
  - Small and medium enterprises financing and leasing
Industry and Trade - Industry and trade sector development
  - Large and medium industries
  - Trade and services
Public Sector Management - Reform of state-owned enterprises
Transport - Water transport (non-urban)