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The Fish Gov project is consistent with the implementation of recommendations or resolutions of several international and regional development policy initiatives. The key ones are: the Abuja Fish for All Summit (2005); the Comprehensive African Agriculture programme (CAADP) through which the project will strengthen capacity for integrating fisheries in the CAADP investment plans at national levels; the NEPAD Plan of Action; the 2010 Conference of African ministers of fisheries and aquaculture (CAMFA) Resolutions ((Doc. EX. CL /627(XVIII)); the 2000 MDG; the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD); EU Communications, (Brussels, 8.11.2000), 724 Final on Fisheries and Poverty Reduction, (Brussels 21.4.2010), section 3 and subsection 3.1 on climate system and the implications for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries; and the regional economic integration policies of the RECs such as the SADC Protocol on Fisheries (2001). The project is also in line with the priorities set by African fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders during several consultations organized by AUC (AU-IBAR and NEPAD) in 2012 for the formulation of a policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.

The project is consistent with European Commission (EC) programming documents, namely with the objective of strengthening governance approaches for food security of the Food Security Thematic Programming 2011-2013. The expected outcomes are also aligned with the strategic priority areas of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Strategic Action Plan, including effective management for sustainable fisheries, promoting food security in African countries, developing aquaculture, maintaining environment and promoting optimal returns from fisheries. The project resonates with the external dimension of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) (12517/11) as part of the proposals for the reform of the CFP, including key roles which should be played by RFMOs and bilateral agreements, scientific stock assessment, environmental sustainability, sustainable development and trade issues.