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Somaliland to Integrate Indigenous Knowledge into the National Animal Disease Surveillance System

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.In support of Somaliland’s Ministry of Livestock, The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) Project successfully developed the capacities of the staff of the Ministry on the methods and skills they need to identify and use the local knowledge in the surveillance and control of trans-boundary animal diseases. In so doing, participants were introduced to Participatory Disease surveillance (PDS) in order to help them integrate indigenous knowledge into disease control.

The workshop, held from 6th to 7th August, 2015, in Hargesa, Somaliland, pull together a total of 20 participants from the national and regional Mobile Veterinary Teams, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Disease Reporting Centres, Epidemiology and Data Management Units, Quarantine Stations and Regional Veterinary Coordinators (RVOs), located in Awdal, Togdheer, Hargeisa, Maroodi jeex, Cergavo, Saxil, Salaxlay, Sool and Berbera.

Opening the workshop, the Director General in the Ministry of Livestock, Somaliland, Dr Jama Odowa recognized the prominent place the livestock sector constitutes in Somaliland’s national economy and expressed his government’s commitment to combat Participants recognized the incredible worked done by Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health project implemented by AU-IBAR in partnership with IGAD with financial support from USAID for supporting the training on Participatory Disease Surveillance. This would help in applying the best approaches that uphold local contexts and knowledge in the control of transboundary animal diseases.

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Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region, 27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region, 27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda.27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda. A key pillar in the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa is the promotion of sustainable aquaculture development. The policy objective of this policy arena is to jumpstart market-led sustainable aquaculture through a variety of strategies and where appropriate support interventionist development approaches in aquaculture supported by strong strategic implementation plans.

For sustainable aquaculture development, there is need to develop and implement strategic sectoral environment management approaches that do not just focus at the farm level but to also factor in the wider environment. Sustainable environmental management for aquaculture would enable African Union Member States make more realistic and appropriate aquaculture development plans, approve appropriate projects and institute environmental management practices more effectively. Taking into consideration regional specificities, formulation of regional environmental management frameworks for sustainable aquaculture development should ideally be developed at regional levels. Thus the ultimate objective of these actvities is the formulation of regional environmental management frameworks in the five regions of the continent (West, Central, East, Southern and North) to support sustainable aquaculture development.

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Ministers in Ethiopia and Sudan to Spur Implementation of LITS

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. The AU-IBAR Team at the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands, Sudan.© 2015 AU-IBAR. The AU-IBAR Team at the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands, Sudan.The AU-IBAR and IGAD Team that made a working visit to Ethiopia and Sudan have achieved to develop a consolidated national work plans for the implementation of the piloting programme of Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS) in the two countries. The Team, composed of experts from AU-IBAR, IGAD and two Consultants hired by the STSD Project, made a working visit to Ethiopia from 13th to 15th and to the Sudan on 22nd and 23rd August 2015, aiming at launching the piloting programme of LITS.

Having a fruitful discussion with the officials and experts in the two countries, the Team has successfully forged a common understanding on objectives and strategies, and developed feasible work plans for the piloting programmes. During its stay in the two countries, the Team had the chance to explain the Ethiopian State Minister, Dr Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, and the Sudanese Minister, Prof Musa Tibin, of the objectives and scopes of the LITS pilot activities. Besides, the Team met the national LITS Teams in both countries and discussed issues related to implementations as well as visited livestock markets and feedlots in Khartoum, Sudan.

The LITS pilot programme is being implemented in the two countries following the proposal made by a team of experts from IGAD/ICPALD and AU-IBAR. This has been later endorsed by the Steering Committee Members of the STSD Project.

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IGAD Member States to Embark on Extensive Awareness Programmes on Disease Reporting and Livestock Identification and Traceability

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Group Photo of the IGAD Member States Representatives.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Group Photo of the IGAD Member States Representatives.Representatives of the IGAD Member States expressed their commitment to rollout continuous awareness programmes in their respective countries to accelerate the establishment and implementation of national Animal Disease Surveillance and Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS).

At a regional awareness and message validation workshop, held on August 13th and 14th, 2015 at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, National Focal Points of the STSD Project and Communication Experts from the IGAD Member States expressed their readiness to create awareness on the fact that disease surveillance and LITS are the critical factors to enhance regional trade and maximise livelihoods services. They reiterated that the awareness and sensitisation programmes are instrumental to bring policy makers and the grassroots on board to ensure utmost support and coordination in the implementations of the systems.

Highlighting the vital role the awareness porogarmme constitutes in the STSD Project, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR, underscored that the support and cooperation of all stakeholders are critical to achieve a robust disease reporting and animal identification and traceability systems in the IGAD Member States. To realise this, Professor Elsawalhy noted, a targeted awareness programme to these stakeholders is vital during project implementation.

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Coordination Meeting for Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Africa

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Presentation of the outcome of Inventory of NSAs in AU member states by MS Hellen Moepi.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Presentation of the outcome of Inventory of NSAs in AU member states by MS Hellen Moepi.Nairobi, Kenya August 6-8, 2015 - Non States Actor are organizations with sufficient power to influence and bring about change in the community; even though they do not belong to any established institution of a state. They are therefore fundamental in ensuring the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Africa. Their importance was recognised by the second conference of African Ministers of fisheries and aquaculture (CAMFA II) who urged African Union, RECs and Member States ‘‘to facilitate the participation of non-state actors in fisheries and aquaculture decision-making processes”.

The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) with financial support from the European Union, organized a coordination meeting for Non State Actors (NSAs) organizations’ in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Africa on 6-8 August 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The main objective of this meeting was to develop a framework for effective coordination of the NSAs activities and participations in fisheries management and decision-making process at regional and national levels in Africa.

The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa underscores the need for empowering Non-State Actors (NSAs) and the development of an advocacy strategy to enhance the participation of stakeholders for inclusive decision-making in fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.