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The Grain Chain

Food Security and Managing Wheat Imports in Arab Countries









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    RECOFI - Report of the regional technical workshop on aquatic animal health. Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 6–10 April 2008 2008
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    The RECOFI Regional Technical Workshop on Aquatic Animal Health, held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 6 to 10 April 2008, was attended by 19 delegates from five member countries of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) (Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) and representatives from FAO. The workshop achieved the three objectives: (i) presented the results and analysis of the “RECOFI regional aquatic animal health capacity and performance su rvey”, (ii) prepared and finalized a “Proposal for a regional programme for improving aquatic animal health in RECOFI Member countries” based on the survey outcomes and workshop deliberation and brainstorming, and (iii) created awareness and initiated capacity building through a technical seminar on basic concepts and emerging issues concerning aquatic animal health. The long term vision of the regional programme for improving aquatic animal health capacity in the RECOFI Member countries is: “To develop and maintain aquatic animal health capacity in the RECOFI Region that will be able to support the sustainable development and management of the aquaculture sector while protecting regional biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems from the impacts of exotic pathogens and epizootic disease”.
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    Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Doha, the State of Qatar, 27 October 2010 2010
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    The fifth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Doha, the State of Qatar, on 27 October 2010 and was attended by the representatives from seven Member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the Special Meeting on RECOFI Consolidation and Development held in Rome in May 2010 at the request of the Commission at its Fifth session. The WGA in acknowledging the suggestions made at this meeting, requested the Secretariat to communicate to its Members the options to be considered for strengthening the Commission, well in advance of its next session. The WGA discussed national and regional follow-up actions to the two WGA technical workshops on Aquatic Animal Health (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 6–10 April 2008) and on Sustainable Marine Cage Aquaculture Development (Muscat, Oman, 25–27 January 2009). In general, it was agreed that the Members benefitted from technical workshops organized under the aegis of the Commission. It was nevertheless noted that an efficient mechanism on how to best ensure a coordinated and region-wide response and follow-up to key technical recommendations was needed. A brief presentation on the joint RECOFI WGA and Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Doha, Qatar, from 24 to 28 October, was presented highlighting the key recommendations and suggested follow-up outputs. The meeting discussed the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) following the presentation of the first Web analysis report which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate the system were discussed along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, bas ed also on the recommendations from its previous technical workshops. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, may not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme and recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The WGA Focal Point of Qatar was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson.
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    Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 27–28 January 2009 2009
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    The fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 27 to 28 January 2009 and was attended by the representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the recommendations and decisions of the Commission made at its fourth session (Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 7–9 May 2007) and noted that all planned and endorsed WGA activities had been duly implemented. The meeting extensively discussed the fin al activities and inputs to the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS) in view of its imminent and official launching in March 2009. The participants discussed and agreed on the i) RAIS User Manual, ii) promotional flyer, iii) press release, and iv) on the overall communication strategy to launch and to further strengthen the information system. The WGA noted with regret that the start of the “Aquaculture legal and policy framework project” during the intersessional period was not possib le as the agreed financial input from all the contributing Commission members had not been received. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the new intersessional period based on the needs and recommendations resulting from the implementation of activities in the last biennium and emerging issues of importance for the region. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, may not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aq uaculture programme and recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The six main activities proposed in order of priority for the new work plan include: 1) application of risk analysis to aquaculture, 2) environmental monitoring in cage aquaculture, 3) impacts of red tides to aquaculture, 4) development of national strategies on aquatic animal health, 5) spatial tools and aquaculture zoning, and 6) aquaculture recirculation strategies. The WGA recommended tha t the Commission should also encourage and support more training and on-the-job cooperation in the field of aquaculture development among its members as well as in countries outside the region.

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