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Regional Workshop For Strengthening National Information Communication Management Focal Units in Near East and North Africa Region

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    Report of the FAO Scoping Workshop on Regional Cooperation Programme for Responsible Aquaculture and Fisheries Development in the Central Asian and Caucasian Countries, Urumqi, the People's Republic of China, 4 - 8 June 2012 2013
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    This report comprises the workshop proceedings and the strategy for regional cooperation that was developed by the participants; the latter was the principal output of the workshop. The major inputs to the discussions to craft the strategy were the country reports that described their priorities in five areas, namely research and technology development, manpower development, extension and information, management and policy; and their own assessment of their weaknesses and strengths in these area s. The deliberations on regional priorities and technical areas for cooperation and potential co-operators in each area were informed by presentations from institutions, projects and agencies that are working or have associations with either or both the Central Asia and Caucasus regions. A significant result of this process is a matrix that matches potential co-operators (provider country or institution) and hosts (recipient country) for various and specific capacity building needs, which were i dentified as common regional or subregional priorities. To start the programme, the workshop recommended seven activities that need to be initiated as soon as possible, as follows: (1) development of regional projects, organization of training/workshops, and capacity development on feed production and management on a pilot scale; (2) provision of technologies and equipment for the development and production of specialized fish feeds for different species from local raw materials; (3) training wo rkshop on project development designed to improve project development skills by actually formulating projects that are based on the identified priorities; (3) an action plan for the upgrading of national laboratories in order to comply with international standards for certification of fish and fish products; (4) workshop on harmonization of institutional management structure and legislation in fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with international fisheries and aquaculture laws/policy for re sponsible fisheries and aquaculture; (5) development of an action plan to identify activities for sharing and providing broodstock and seed material that are of high genetic quality, complemented by training on broodstock management; (6) programmes for increasing and conserving endemic fish stocks in inland water reservoirs; and (7) establishing a working group linked to the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) of CACFish (Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Commission on Fisheries), to support th e follow-up of the scoping workshop recommendations and immediate action plans. This set of recommendations was addressed to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and China but should also involve concerned government institutions, technical experts of governments and regional institutions in certain areas, and the CACFish.
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    GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING AND STRENGTHENING THE USE OF CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST AND RANGELANDS MANAGEMENT IN THE NEAR EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION 2017
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    The aim of the practical guidelines presented in this document is to support the adoption and usability of the criteria and indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Management of Forests and Rangelands (SFRM) adopted by the 22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC). The guidelines are based on the review of existing literature and on consultations with national experts and relevant institutions in Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia regarding challenges identified in the use of the prop osed C&I for SFRM. It is clear from the consultations with national experts of the three countries that each of their forest and rangelands departments use sustainability indicators in their work on policy dialogue, advocacy and capacity building related to climate change and REDD+. This document details the seven criteria and 33 indicators which together make up the C&I for SFRM in the NENA region. Parts of this guide are based on the existing set of the C&I for SFRM and on other scientific pu blications of the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Further discussion with resource agencies, forest and rangelands institutions, the environmental community, academia and other key stakeholders is needed to develop and refine linkages between the proposed C&I for SFRM.
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    FAO/ WHO Multi-stakeholder Policy Workshop: Leveraging food systems to combat obesity in the Near East and North Africa region. Draft report
    23-24 September 2019, Cairo, Egypt
    2020
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    A food systems approach is acknowledged to be key to efforts to combat obesity and eliminate other forms of malnutrition in the countries of FAO’s Near East and North Africa Region (NENA) and WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. A two-day regional multi-stakeholder consultation workshop, entitled Leveraging Food Systems to Combat Obesity in the Near East and North Africa Region, held in Cairo on 23-24 September 2019, brought together a range of stakeholders to discuss food systems for healthy and sustainable diets. The workshop identified a series of conclusions and recommendations, with a strong emphasis on the need for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approaches. It is also clear that close cooperation and networking between Member States is important, in collaboration with FAO, WHO and UNICEF and other international partner organizations. Robust policy responses, many of which have already been agreed internationally, are needed to transform food systems, create healthy food environments and ensure access to healthy, sustainable diets for all. The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016 - 2025 presents a key opportunity to focus political attention on these efforts. Key challenges that were identified include a lack of leadership and of coordination, undue influence of vested interests, difficulties in convincing other sectors and actors of their relevance and/or role, a lack of infrastructure and investment, as well as addressing long-term health challenges in a crisis context. Support needs expressed included support to develop clear argumentation on the social and economic case for action and technical support from FAO/WHO to help countries

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