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    Minutes of the MEETING OF THE EAF–NANSEN PROJECT REGIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN FISHERIES COMMISSION AREA. Mombasa, Kenya, 26 September 2009 2010
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    The first meeting of the EAF-Nansen project Regional Steering Committee for the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) area was held at the Sai Rock Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya on 26th September 2009. The meeting was attended by representatives from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and the United Republic of Tanzania. Representatives of the African Union Strategic Partnership for the Fisheries Investment Fund, the Agulhas and Somali Cu rrent Large Marine Ecosystem (ASCLME) project, the UNEP/Nairobi Convention secretariat, and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) also attended the meeting. Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives was elected Chair. In an introductory statement, the Secretary of SWIOFC reminded participants that the decision taken by the Commission to adopt the EAF-Nansen Regional Steering Committee and Regional Task Gro up as subsidiary bodies of the Commission is in response to proposals made by the SWIOFC Scientific Committee at its third Session held in Maputo, Mozambique in September 2008. The meeting was started with an overview of the EAF-Nansen project by the Project Coordinator who also elaborated on the basic principles of the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). Activities and achievements under each component of the project were presented and discussed. Also presented were the project m anagement structure, ecosystem survey activities under the project, the mid-tern review of the EAF-Nansen project and the work plan for 2010. The recommendations compiled in the course of the meeting were discussed and adopted by the Committee.
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    Report of the EAF REGIONAL TASK GROUP MEETING AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP (SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN). Mombasa, Kenya, 27–30 January 2009 2009
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    The first meeting of the South West Indian Ocean EAF Regional Task Group (RTG) was held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 27 to 30 January 2009, together with an ecological risk assessment methodology workshop. It was attended by 20 participants from the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) countries, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the Agulhas and Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) project, the Scientific Committee of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commiss ion, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Nairobi Convention Implementation Unit, the African Union Commission and FAO. The RTG is an implementation structure under the EAF-Nansen project GCP/INT/003/NOR and serves as the forum for training in ecological risk assessment that is the methodology used for the identification and prioritization of issues requiring management attention. The main objectives of the meeting and workshop were to discuss and facilitate key processes an d activities for the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the South West Indian Ocean region including the modalities for the formation and functioning of the RTG and National Task Groups (NTGs). It was explained that, to be able to achieve the objectives of implementing an ecosystem approach to fisheries at the national level, certain key structures have to be in place including the NTG with representatives of key stakeholders in a given fishery and that would take the lead in the process. An overview of the key concepts and process of the ecological risk assessment methodology were clarified. Participants were also introduced to the preparation of EAF baseline reports to be used as initial input for the work on ecosystems approach to fisheries. It was explained that the preparation of the report is to be led by national and regional experts and overseen by the NTG. For the exercises the participants worked in three subgroups formed during the meeting with each group selecting a chairman who moderated the discussions and a rapporteur. The participants expressed satisfaction with the development of a communication strategy for the project and especially with the participatory approach used.
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    SWIOFC - Report of the First Session of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission. Mombasa, Kenya, 18 - 20 April 2005 / SWIOFC - Rapport de la première session de la Commission des pêches pour le sud-ouest de l’océan Indien. Mombasa, Kenya, 18 - 20 avril 2005 2006
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    The first session of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission was attended by delegates from Comoros, European Community, France, Kenya, the Republic of Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania. Representatives of the Agulhas Somali Large Marine Ecosystem, the Indian Ocean Commission, the World Conservation Union, the Republic of Korea, the Southern African Development Community, the Swedish International Development Cooperati on Agency, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project, the United Nations Development Programme in Somalia, the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme also attended the session as observers. The Commission adopted its Rules of Procedure and established a Scientific Committee. It examined outcomes of the Committee on Fisheries and the fourth meeting of Regional Fisheries Bodies Secretariats held in Rome in March 2005. It also reviewed fisheries management in the so uthwest Indian Ocean, discussed collaboration with other regional organizations and programmes, established a programme of work, and elected members of a Bureau to steer the Commission until the next session which will take place in Mozambique in August 2006.

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