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Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture in the RECOFI Area

<i>Meeting document RECOFI/VI/2011/5</i>










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    This document provides a clear and comprehensive account for the application of marine spatial planning (MSP) within the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) region. It builds on regional technical workshops, held under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), aimed principally at improving the prospects for fisheries and aquaculture in the Near East. Marine spatial planning provides a step-by-step process that allows for the cooperative integrati on of the major marine uses and users within a defined marine area. These ordered procedures allow all stakeholders to work towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of identified marine activities. The principles of the ecosystem approach to both fisheries and aquaculture can readily be incorporated into the process. The output of MSP is the development of a plan that addresses any potentially conflicting uses of the sea, thus enabling the strategic, forward-looking planning for the regulat ion, zoning, management, protection and sustainability of the marine environment. MSP can best function if it includes continuing reinforcement and adjustments of learned experiences over a long time period. The document includes three important annexes. The first includes the main recommendations concerning the adoption of marine spatial planning taken from the RECOFI (FAO) Cairo workshop in 2012. The second describes the types of marine activities that must be considered, their relative import ance to the national economy and to the sustainability of the marine environment. The third annex provides a comprehensive listing of additional information about MSP, including worldwide examples where MSP has been applied under varied local conditions at highly variable geographic scales.
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    Report of the Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture
    Doha, the State of Qatar, 24–28 October 2010
    2011
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    The Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Doha, the State of Qatar, from 24 to 28 October 2010, was attended by 21 delegates from seven Member countries of RECOFI (the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) and representatives from FAO. The workshop achieved three objectives: (i) it created awarenes s and initiated capacity building through a technical seminar on basic concepts and emerging issues concerning spatial planning for marine capture fisheries and aquaculture; It received feedback from each RECOFI country presentation on the present status of the use of spatially-based planning tools, including case studies, present issues and challenges; (ii) it presented the results and analysis of the RECOFI regional spatial planning for marine capture fisheries and aquaculture questionnaire su rvey; and (iii) it prepared and finalized a Proposal for a Regional programme for Implementing a Strategy on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture in RECOFI Member countries based on the survey outcomes and workshop deliberation and brainstorming. The long-term vision of the regional strategy for implementing spatial planning capacity in the RECOFI member countries is: To illustrate how spatial planning tools are one essential element to achieving sustainable clean, healt hy, safe, productive and biologically diverse marine seas in the RECOFI region, and how they allow for mariculture and marine fishery production activities to be maximized whilst at the same time taking into account the other users of the marine space.

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