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Matters regarding collaboration between the SWIOFC and the swiofish1 project: report of the SWIOFISH1 steering committee












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    Report of Key Outcomes from the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Third Project Steering Committee Meeting, 17-18 April 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2019
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    The third Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project was held at WCMC headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom from 17–18 April 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives of 13 project partners, including the FAO and UNEP-WCMC. The primary objective of this PSC meeting was to discuss the results of the Mid-Term Review (MTR), which covered the time period from the project start date to December 2017. As a result of the review recommendations and of discussions at the third PSC, some project activities were removed or merged with others to ensure timely completion of the project by the anticipated end-date for project activities (31 August 2019), with administrative closure by the end of the year. The PSC noted with concern the extensive delay in project implementation due to staff changes at both FAO and WCMC, and the administrative barriers causing delays in the hiring of the first Project Coordinator, and then the subsequent replacement. As a result, the project achieved around a quarter of planned activities by the mid-term review, and the challenge of completing all activities within the next year to project end. During the presentation of the 2018-2019 workplan, and in consideration of the MTR recommendations, the PSC identified specific activities that could be removed (because they were either repetitions or determined to be outside the scope of the project) or merged with other activities, thus slightly shortening the workplan. Upon conclusion of the meeting, the FAO agreed to undertake a budget revision to allocate these funds where needed. FAO and WCMC noted planned and upcoming activities of relevance to the project, including a number of workshops with pilot areas, and the engagement of a number of consultants for project activities (e.g. traceability, rights-based management, and monitoring, control, and surveillance), briefed the PSC on their respective plans of work and obtained feedback from the PSC on what is being proposed. This was a productive interaction which also enabled the consultants to signal to prospective partners, in particular the deep-sea fisheries management bodies, what requirements the proposed work will have of them. The PSC endorsed the 2018-2019 work plan; and requested that a budget revision be presented at PSC4. The PSC noted the various monitoring and evaluation activities being implemented by the PMU and agreed to the methods used by the PMU to estimate and present progress as it relates to outputs. The PSC encouraged the PMU to produce a range of e-communication materials that highlight the major achievements of the Project for partners to distribute through their networks; and hard copy materials that can be distributed at various major events in 2018 and 2019. The PSC agreed to hold its 4th meeting at the end of January 2019 in La Réunion.

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