The First Meeting of the Taskforce on African Ornamental Fisheries to formulate regulatory framework for the exploitation and Trade in Ornamental Fisheries in Africa was organized by African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The meeting was held in collaboration with the government of the Republic of Rwanda and with support from the European Union (EU) within the provision of the Fisheries Governance Project (FISHGOV) being implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA).
The meeting was held from the 18th to 20th July, 2018 at the Hotel Hilltop & Country Club, Kigali, Rwanda.
The overall objective of the meeting was to formulate regulatory framework including the monitoring mechanism for the exploitation and trade of ornamental fisheries in Africa.
The specific objectives were to:
- Identify priority actions at national and sub-regional levels to improve the contribution of ornamental fisheries to the African Accelerated Agricultural Transformation goals.
- Identify and consolidate critical issues that would constitute the measures in regulatory framework and monitoring mechanism for exploitation and trade in ornamental fisheries.
Two write-shops to finalize the drafts of the FISHGOV II Project proposal and Africa Fisheries Report with partners was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Agency with support from the European Union from the 18th to 21st June, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.
The objectives of the write-shops were to:
- Review and finalize the proposal for second phase of the Fisheries Governance Project (FISHGOV II) in collaboration with the proposed partners of the project.
- Final Review and Compilation of the final draft of the First African Fisheries Report. The latter is a sequel to the outputs of the consultative Meeting on the formulation of Africa Fisheries Report which was held on the 5th to 6th September 2017 at the AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya as well as the Expert Consultative Workshop on Preparation of African Fisheries Report from 22nd to 26th January, 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya
There were 10 participants who undertook to finalize the FISHGOV II Project proposal. The participants were from WorldFish, NEPAD and AU-IBAR. Three of the co-authors to the Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture Report participated in the second write-shop to the final draft of this report. The Cardno Technical Assistant on Fisheries Governance to the FISHGOV I project and AU-IBAR also participated in the write-shops and formulation process of the FishGov 2.
A consultative forum on Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) was convened by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) from 8th-10th May 2018 at Azure Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya in the framework of Live2Africa programme. The overall objective of the workshop was to identify key priority areas and main component of AHSA and discuss the formation of the Continental Network of Public and Private Actors involved in Animal Health in Africa (CAHP-AFRICA).
In his opening remarks the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy represented by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) emphasized that the global aim of developing the AHSA was to provide an overarching strategy to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of interventions in Animal health on the Continent. He said AU-IBAR was committed to creating a platform through which all the efforts/instruments on animal health issues on the continent can be consolidated without compromising or duplication of efforts by partners.
The meeting was organized through sessions of power point presentations, working group and plenary discussions on various issues related to AH. The sessions and topics covered included review of Global and regional Frameworks, analysing the Animal health situation on the Continent, assessing the Capacity building, Research, Collaboration and Coordination efforts and reviewing useful lessons from Livestock keepers and the industry perspectives.
An Integrated Workshop on Enhancing Regional Cooperation for the Rational Management of Shared Fish Resources in Africa was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), with funding from the Fisheries Governance Project financed by the European Union (EU). The workshop was held at the AU-IBAR’s Conference Room in Nairobi, Kenya from 16th to 19th April 2018.
The workshop was attended by forty (40) participants comprising of representatives of the African Union Member States (AU-MS) most of whom participated in the previous Training Workshop on Fisheries Access Agreement, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, CSOs, Experts, Consultants as well as relevant members of staff of AU-IBAR. The list of participants is attached as Annex 1.
The workshop was facilitated by Ms Nancy GITONGA, a Consultant who made the Harmonized Minimum Terms (HMT) relating to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) for Africa as a way to establish the African Voice.
Mr Obinna Anozie, a Policy Analyst AU-IBAR for Fisheries and Aquaculture in AU-IBAR, introduced the officials at the High Table and then conducted the self-introduction by all the participants.
A meeting to inaugurate the Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PRNFAA) was convened by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Coordinating Agency (NPCA) on the 20th April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The need for establishing a continental policy research network for fisheries and aquaculture for Africa became pertinent in response to the paucity of evidence to support and guide fisheries and aquaculture policy reforms on the continent; particularly to enable the sector transform and contribute to the CAADP goals as outlined in the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).
The establishment of a continental policy research network for fisheries and aquaculture for Africa that can generate, share and disseminate scientifically validated evidence-based information for advocacy, fisheries policy reform, public awareness and strengthen stakeholder capacity for sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture is critical for the achievement of the PFRS goals.
Consequently, the establishment of this network is sequel to recommendations emanating from :
- the first and second Conferences of African Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2010 and 2014, respectively
- African Heads of State and Governments Summit in Malabo, 2014
- the stakeholder’s adoption of a proposed framework for such a network in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 2015
- an expert consultation in Nairobi, Kenya 2017 at which criteria for composition of memberships were reviewed, updated and a roadmap to operationalize the network also developed.
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