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Africa Blue Economy Strategy: AU- IBAR shares experience and knowledge on the Coral Reef fisheries and attendant benefits in livelihoods, food security, and protection of the environment

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the coral reef fish project

What are AU-IBAR’s perspectives on Coral Reef fisheries and attendant benefits? What are the consequences with regards to livelihoods, food security and environmental threats? Hellen Moepi, Fisheries Officer at AU IBAR, answers these concerns based on the Africa Blue Economy Strategy. There are presented during her opening speech on behalf of the AU IBAR Acting Director during the workshop of launching the project for “Enhancing Livelihoods, Food Security and Maritime Safety through Increased Resilience of Fishing Communities Dependent on Coral Reef Fisheries in the African Coastal Counties of the Indian Ocean” held on 23rd February 2021 in Kilifi County, Kenya. The project is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the support of Government of Japan.

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy has a vision for an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth and aims to guide the development of an inclusive and sustainable blue economy. The strategy is a significant contributor to continental change and growth through advancing knowledge on marine and aquatic biotechnology, environmental sustainability, the growth of an Africa-wide shipping industry, the development of sea, river and lake transport, the management of fishing activities on these aquatic spaces, and the exploitation and beneficiation of deep sea mineral and other resources.

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First VACNADA Chief Veterinary Officers Meeting

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ENTEBBE, Uganda -- The first meeting for Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) from countries that benefit from the VACNADA Project was held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda on 9 May 2010. The meeting aimed at formally introducing the project to the CVOs, appraise them on the financial management and other requirements related to the Memorandum of Understanding and signing of the Country Agreements for the project and to provide feedback on proposals submitted to AU-IBAR for support.

During the meeting, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR and project staff represented their organisation and Prof. El-Sawalhy also served as Chairman. GALVmed and PANVAC were represented by Dr. Baptiste Dungu and Dr. Karim Tounkara respectively while the European Union was represented by Mr. Mwangi Njuru. The CVOs that attended the meeting included those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo Democratic Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.