AU-IBAR organized a Consultative Meeting for the establishment of an African Platform for Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) held in Cotonou, Benin from 22nd to 24th April 2015.
The overall objective of the meeting was to establish an African Platform for Regional Institutions for Fisheries and Aquatic Systems (APRIFAS). The specific objectives were to:
- Validate the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures for African Platform of Regional Institutions for fisheries and aquatic systems (APRIFAS);
- Establish an Africa Platform for Regional Institutions for fisheries and aquatic systems
- Improve on the RFBs institutional assessment reports and propose roadmap for their rationalization;
- Review elements contained in the draft legal text for anchorage of ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States) and COREP (Fisheries Commission for Central Gulf of Guinea).
In attendance at the meeting were thirty five delegates from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs), Water Basin Commissions (WBCs), the European Union (EU), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), African Union agencies (AUC-DREA, AU-IBAR and NEPAD) and experts.
March 2014 - March 2015 marked the first year of operation of the Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa". This initiative is a collaborative project aimed at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.
Members of the Fisheries Governance Project Steering Committee met on February 25, 2015 at the AU-IBAR premises, in Nairobi, Kenya with the following objectives:
- Review and validate the Terms of References of the Steering Committee;
- Review and endorse the inception report;
- Provide guidance and advice on the project implementation strategy based on the recommendation of the inception reports;
- Validate the project M&E Framework and Communication strategy; and
- Provide guidance for the formulation of the project exit strategy.
The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner of AUC-DREA, Her Excellency Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. Other participants included representatives from the technical and implementing partners (NEPAD, CARDNO), the European Commission, Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), RFBs, Private Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies.