Strengthening the LAFF Network and Accelerating Impact
El Mangle Community Campus
La Paz, Mexico
In mid December 2015, the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship hosted its third annual workshop, held at the El Mangle Campus (elmangle.org) in La Paz, Mexico. The workshop was focused on building and strengthening a network of fellows and alumni from the specialized program at Bren, and identifying ways to accelerate their collective impact. More tha twenty-five LAFF fellows participated in the 4-day workshop (including alumni and current masters or PhD students), as well as a handful of guest experts in Latin American fisheries management and network building. Guests included Nakul Saran (VP of Fish Forever, Rare), Laura Rodriguez (Director of Oceans, EDF Mexico), Hoyt Peckam (Founder, Smartfish), James Honey (Executive Director, El Mangle), and Madeliene Taylor (Principal, Impact Network). Keynote speakers presented on capacity and leadership needs in Latin American fisheries, the strategic value of the network approach to tackling complex problems, and on network design characteristics to enhance collective effectiveness. Together, through facilitate breakout sessions, the group discussed how to best position the LAFF network for greater impact, and envision how they will both contribute to and benefit from network. Fellows and alumni, along with expert insight from leaders in the field, identified a shared belief that the network will have the most impact through prioritizing activities around the following pillars within the Latin American countries represented: fostering cross sector collaboration, aligning economic incentives, forging cooperation amongst countries, increasing equity in fisheries management decision-making processes, and elevating the value of fisheries to policy makers.