A regional consultative workshop on Establishing institutional collaboration on fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in the East Africa-Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region (EA-SA-IO), was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with the support from the European Union from the 7th to 9th March 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.
The workshop was organised as a follow-up to the recommendations and requests from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFB) and the Member states (MS) from the EA-SA-Io region to AU-IBAR in a meeting that was held in Maputo Mozambique, 9th to 11th May 2016 with view to strengthening the region’s institutional collaboration on MCS and sharing of lessons learnt and best practices in fisheries management. In response to this request the AU-IBAR engaged the services of the consulting firm OLSPS Marine from South Africa to put together a draft regional framework for institutional collaboration and propose a regional mechanism for information sharing on MCS, lessons learnt and best practices in fisheries management in the EA-SA-IO region for further elaboration. The drafts were submitted to RECs for review and comment by AU-IBAR.
Upon AU-IBAR receiving feedback and the consultant incorporating comments received on the draft, this consultative workshop was organized. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- undertake further consultations to review and validate the draft framework.
- share success stories, lessons learnt and best practices in the fisheries sector of the EA-SA-IO region.
- identify the potential challenges, opportunities and priority actions for implementation of the framework.
- develop a mechanism for information sharing and operationalizing the framework.
A consultative workshop on enhancing regional capacity for fisheries observer and fishing vessel register programmes (including interactive discussions on coastal, port and flag states measures) was organized by African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The meeting was held in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and with support from the EU within the provision of the FISHGOV project.
The meeting was held from the 7th to 9th February 2018 at Bamburi Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.
The overall objective of this workshop was to reinforce the capacity of African Union coastal states for effective implementation of fisheries observer and fishing vessel register programmes.
The specific objectives were to:
- Train AU Member States on the duties, obligation and responsibilities of fisheries observers onboard fishing vessels at sea based on the manuals developed.
- Share perspectives on the effective and sustainable implementation of regional fisheries observers and regional fishing vessel programmes.
- Demonstrate the application of a database on regional fishing vessel that has been developed by AU-IBAR.
- Deepen understanding and implications of the basic tenets of coastal, port and flag states measures and develop priority actions for effective implementation.
Under the framework of the implementation of the Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) in collaboration with the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized a workshop to convene the 4th General Assembly and the Steering Committee meeting of the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for the management of animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa from 9th - 11th October, 2017, in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. The project is being implemented with the support from the European Union and the African Union Commission. The project aims at facilitating and fast tracking the implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa.
The meeting was attended by 34 participants representing SADC stakeholders involved in AnGR management, comprising mainly National Coordinators from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia; representatives of: COMESA, SADC, AU-IBAR, CCARDESA, ILRI, University of Stellenbosch, Tuli Cattle Breeders Society of Zimbabwe, Heifer International and Livestock Registrar and Studbook of Botswana and South Africa, respectively.
Livingstone 11th September 2017. To address sleeping sickness, Nagana (trypanosomiasis in cattle) and the vector that transmits the diseases, stakeholders comprising disease control workers and scientists from AU Members States, researchers and scientists from universities in Africa and other parts of the world and other organisation working on the disease in human and animals and the tsetse fly are meeting in Livingstone Zambia to promote information sharing on the problem of tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis, review control strategies and recommend appropriate approaches in research and control.
The recommendations emanating from the Conference will provide new information necessary for smarter methods of tsetse and trypanosomiasis control. It is as a result of previous such Conferences that information on improving control of tsetse and trypanosomiasis has been acquired and has benefitted many countries on the continent and the world over, resulting in improved livelihoods especially of the rural communities where the problem has the highest impacts.
The threat that tsetse and trypanosomiasis (T&T) pose was recognized at the turn of the 20th century by the African Heads of State and Governments when, at their meeting in Lome in 2000, drew attention to the seriousness of the T&T problem as one of Africa’s greatest constraints to socio-economic development, that severely affects human and livestock health, limits land use, cause poverty and perpetuates underdevelopment on the continent.
A consultative workshop to Formulate Guidelines for Developing Aquaculture Business Models and Enhancing Aquaculture Extension Services was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency in collaboration with the Government of Ghana with support from the European Union from the 24th to 25th July, 2017 in Accra Ghana.
The objectives of the consultative meeting were to: (a) Review and identify the key constraints and factors of success for commercial aquaculture and the provision of extension services for aquaculture in Africa. (b) Deliberate on the requirements for developing aquaculture value-chains and subsequently appropriate business models with matching extension guidelines to support sustainable development of commercial aquaculture value-chain(s) in Africa.
The consultative meeting was attended by 45 participants representing 19 African Union Member States: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Regional Economic Communities (RECs) present were ECOWAS and IGAD. The participants comprised private sector, public sector, research and academia, together with representatives of the AFRM Aquaculture Working Group and Trade Working Group. Dr. Simplice Nouala, the Head of the Animal Production Unit at AU-IBAR, on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR welcomed the participants to the workshop. In his remarks, he provided the participants with a brief overview of the purpose of the workshop emphasizing the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa policy objective to promote market-led sustainable aquaculture development on the continent. Consequently there was a need to guide the aquaculture sub-sector in this direction. Accomplishing this goal strongly hinged upon providing stakeholders with the appropriate knowledge and skills to adopt and implement business rather than subsistence approach for aquaculture.
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