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Press Release - Southern Africa Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Aquaculture

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Southern African Regional Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management, 25-28 February 2015, Maputo, Mozambique.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Southern African Regional Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management, 25-28 February 2015, Maputo, Mozambique.25th to 28th February, 2016. Maputo, Mozambique. The consultative workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management for the Southern Africa Region was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) with support from the European Union.

The overall focus of this workshop was to embark upon the development of appropriate regional and continental frameworks on environmental management for sustainable aquaculture development that shall provide the basis for sectoral policy and management. The specific objectives of this workshop therefore were to (i) inform and enable participants to apply the principles of ecosystems approach to aquaculture (EAA) at the sectoral level; (ii) identify key components to develop and implement appropriate mechanisms for specific regional and national environmental management of aquatic animal production systems; (iii) formulate draft regional frameworks for environmental management for commercial aquaculture development and zonation for Southern African - region; and (iv) help the SADC region to validate the draft Aquaculture Strategy that incorporates and promotes EAA approaches.

The meeting was attended by participants from 11 Southern African countries which include Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Other participants were from the FAO, Research and Academic Institutions in Southern Africa and the Private Sector.

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Press Release - Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management for North Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Aquaculture Environemal Management for North Africa, 11-13 February 2016, Cairo, Egypt.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Aquaculture Environemal Management for North Africa, 11-13 February 2016, Cairo, Egypt.11th – 13th February 2016, Cairo, Egypt. A consultative workshop on aquaculture environmental management for the North Africa and Great Lakes Region was organised by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) with support from the European Union from the 11-13 February 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. The overall focus of this workshop was to embark upon the development of appropriate regional and continental frameworks on environmental management for sustainable aquaculture development that shall provide the basis for sectoral policy and management. The specific objectives of this workshop were to (i) inform and enable participants apply the principles of ecosystems approach to aquaculture at the sectoral level; (ii) identify key components to develop and implement appropriate mechanisms for specific regional and national environmental management of aquatic animal production systems; and (iii) formulate draft regional frameworks for environmental management for commercial aquaculture development and zonation for Northern African.

The meeting was attended by over 10 participants from North African region including 3 African Union member states namely Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania; 4 Professors respectively from Suez Canal University, Benha University, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Agricultural Research Center (ARC); 2 representatives from WorldFish and lastly African Union staff.

The meeting was officially opened by Prof Ahmed El-sawahly, Director of AU-IBAR. The meeting was informed by several technical presentations.

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Training Workshop on Capacity Building on Fishing Vessel Boarding, Inspection, Enforcement and Prosecution Procedures for Effective Combat, Deterrence, and Elimination of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) in West Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants at training workshop on strengthening capacity on MCS issues (Enforcement and Prosecution) for  West Africa, 18-20 February, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants at training workshop on strengthening capacity on MCS issues (Enforcement and Prosecution) for West Africa, 18-20 February, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.18-20 February 2016 - Abuja, Nigeria. A training workshop on strengthening capacity in fishing vessel boarding, inspection, enforcement and prosecution procedures for effectively combating, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) , with support from the European Union, in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 15-17 February, 2016.

The overall objective of the meeting was to strengthen and /or build the capacity of relevant holders in countries of West Africa in MCS issues, including fishing vessel boarding, inspection, enforcement and prosecution to effectively combat IUU fishing in the region.
The training workshop was officially declared open by Dr. Simplice Nouala, the AU-IBAR Chief Animal production Officer on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy. The training was conducted by Mr. Kwame Mfodwo, Fisheries Technical Assistant to AU-IBAR under the Fisheries Governance project and Dr, Mary Ann Palma Robles, Visiting Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia.

The workshop was attended by about 70 participants comprising mainly of Directors of Fisheries, Heads of MCS Units, personnel from the Judiciary and naval divisions in West African coastal states (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire) , representatives from ECOWAS, SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) , Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), Indian Ocean Commission, European Union, Ministerial Conference of Countries Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), Non-state actors, experts and African Union staff.

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Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) to Deter, Combat and Illiminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) in West Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Workshop on strengthening regional cooperation in monitoring, control and surveillance for effective fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa, 15-17 February 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Workshop on strengthening regional cooperation in monitoring, control and surveillance for effective fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa, 15-17 February 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.15-17 February 2016 - Abuja, Nigeria. A workshop on strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to effectively combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with support from the European Union, in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 15-17 February, 2016.

The overall objective of the meeting was the identification of priority actions for strengthening MCS capacity at national and regional levels as well as proposing options for establishing effective regional cooperation on MCS matters. The specific objectives were to (i) identify challenges and constraints to effective national and regional MCS (ii) identify priority actions for national and regional plan of actions to deter, combat and illuminate IUU and ( iii) develop a roadmap for establishing/strengthening of regional MCS Centre(s).

The meeting was attended by about 50 participants including Directors of Fisheries and MCS Experts from West African coastal states (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire), representatives from ECOWAS, SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) , Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), Indian Ocean Commission, European Union, the Ministerial Conference of Countries Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), European Union, ECOWAS, Non-state actors, experts and African Union staff.

The opening ceremony marked by four statements from the representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, ECOWAS, AU-IBAR and the European Union. Mrs. Louise Hill, the representative of European Union, expressed appreciation to AU-IBAR and ECOWAS for extending invitation to the European Union to participate in the highly important meeting. IUU fishing wherever it occurs, she noted, is of serious concern to EU and that EU is ready to work with partners in the fight against this practice.

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Communique - Think Tank Meeting on Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Africa

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7-10 February 2016
Cairo, Egypt

Introduction

1. A consultative Think Tank meeting on sustainable aquaculture development in Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), WorldFish and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with support from the European Union, in Cairo, Egypt, from 7-10 February, 2016.

2. The overall objective of the meeting was the formulation of a Pan African Plan of Action for sustainable aquaculture development to ensure increased contribution to food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation and economic growth consistent with the Malabo Declaration that called for action on transformation of agriculture by 2025. Specifically, the objectives were to (i) take stock of aquaculture strides in African Union (AU) member states (ii) reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the aquaculture sector (iii) share lessons, best practices and innovations relating to ecologically sustainable commercial aquaculture (iv) identify priority actions to enhance aquaculture contribution to the African Accelerated agricultural transformation agenda and (v) formulate action plans and way forward for the sector’s development to meet CAADP’s goal of 6% and the policy objectives for sustainable aquaculture development of objectives Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).

3. The meeting was attended by over 100 participants including 42 African Union member states, 7 Regional Economic Communities, representatives of Regional fisheries bodies, water basin commissions, Non-state actors, women’s’ groups, youth and development partners, experts and African Union staff.

4. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer, AU-IBAR.

5. The agenda of the meeting was unanimously adopted.