Toko telo

Interactive online conversations

Sharing experiences from the front lines of community-led marine conservation

Join us for a series of interactive online conversations, called Toko telo: Sharing experiences to foster better community-led conservation.

The events each include a facilitated conversation with an international panel in English, followed by interactive workshops.

We are excited to announce a series of Toko Telo online conversations exploring the successes and challenges of community-led fisheries management and conservation.

We are looking for participants and contributors to the series so please contact us if you have relevant experience to share.

Toko telo


‘Toko telo mahamasa-nahandro’ is a Malagasy proverb describing how when cooking without a stove you need to bring three rocks together to hold a pot above a fire. The saying is understood to mean that in order to achieve great things you need to work together, taking different ideas from multiple people to make something that works well.

This concept is the inspiration for our new series of online interactive discussions championing diverse voices, perspectives and sparking creative solutions for the future of community-led marine conservation.

next event

COP26 Special: Bottom trawling and a zero-carbon future: what needs to change?

Monday 8th November 2021

14:00-15:30 Glasgow | 17:00- 18:30 Antananarivo | 21:00 – 22:30 Jakarta | 09:00 – 10:30 New York


Meet the panel

Jenny Crockett – Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Bally Philps – Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation

Brian O’Riordan – Low Impact Fishers of Europe

Gaoussou Gueye – African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations

This event will be chaired by Sophie Benbow, Fauna & Flora International and the Transform Bottom Trawling coalition.


This event will consist of two parts: The first hour will feature a presentation of the latest evidence regarding bottom trawling and climate, an exclusive film screening from Belize on the impact of a trawling ban in coastal waters, a panel discussion with our experts and a live Q&A (in English and French). 

This will be followed by a 30 minute break out discussion in English, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

This event will be broadcast live from COP26 in Glasgow.

Session objectives

Small-scale fishers and environmental groups have long criticised bottom trawling for its negative impact on coastal fisheries and ecosystems. But emerging research suggests that bottom trawling’s impacts extend beyond seabed damage and overfishing and includes significant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. If current estimates are correct, then bottom trawling may be one of the most carbon-intensive methods of producing food. In this special COP26 panel discussion, a global panel of experts will explore bottom trawling’s place in a zero-carbon future.

The session aims to:

  • Present current research on the contribution of bottom trawling to the climate crisis and its broader social and ecological impacts
  • Explore the impacts of bottom trawling restrictions in West Africa and Belize and present opportunities for bottom trawling management in Europe 
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing approaches to bottom trawling management in diverse global geographies 
  • Discuss policies that exist or could be developed to mitigate the impact of bottom trawling on coastal fisheries, ecosystems and the climate

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