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Regional code of practice for reduced-impact forest harvesting in tropical moist forests of West and Central Africa








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    Taking stock: Assessing progress in developing and implementing codes of practice for forest harvesting in ASEAN member countries 2006
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    A decade ago, member countries of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) expressed their commitment to sustainable forest management and decided collectively to develop a regional code of practice for forest harvesting. Ten years later, the ASEAN Secretariat and FAO set out to assess whether the development of the regional code (published in 1999) and subsequent national codes have made a tangible difference in the way forest harvesting is conducted in ASEAN member countries. The results of the review are presented in this report. Not surprisingly, the review produced mixed results. Most countries have prepared national codes of practice. Efforts to improve forest harvesting are commendable and there is room for being cautiously optimistic. However, in spite of the progress observed, much needs to be done. In particular, an implementation strategy needs to be applied to give individual, and often independent, initiatives direction and to make them part of a comprehensive, step-by- step approach. ASEAN, APFC and other regional organizations are called upon to help strengthen cooperation among countries and to encourage joint approaches in addressing regional and international forestry issues. These organizations are eager to lend support. Yet, meaningful change can only be brought about at local and national levels. In this sense, it is hoped that the recommendations directed at ASEAN and other organizations active in the region are treated as proposals for ASEAN member co untries to intensify efforts to achieve sustainable forest management.
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    Report of the Workshop of National Coordinators of the UNEP/GEF/FAO Project on Reducing the Impact of Tropical Shrimp Trawling Fisheries on Living Marine Resources Through the Adoption of Environmentally Friendly Techniques and Practices.
    Rome, Italy, 17-19 March 1999
    1999
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    To initiate the preparatory phase of a UNEP/GEF/FAO project aimed at reducing the impact of tropical shrimp trawling fisheries on living marine resources through the adoption of environmentally friendly techniques and practices a Workshop was organized by FAO at their Headquarters in Rome from 17 to 19 March 1999. This report summarizes the outcome of this Workshop which was attended by FAO staff and 12 National Coordinators. The National Coordinators from 12 counties: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Camer oon, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, had been appointed by their respective governments. The workshop reviewed the situation with regard to problems associated with shrimp exploitation as well as the multi-sectoral structure in place for consultation on such issues in each country. It was generally agreed that the present exploitation pattern for shrimp in most countries is non-sustainable, mainly because of capture of ju venile fish and overfishing. A priority issue, however, to be addressed and hopefully solved by such a project, is to reduce capture of juveniles of commercially important food fishes. It was recognized that any introduction of new environmentally friendly techniques and practices depends to a large extent on the acceptance by the fishing industry of any such devices, technologies or regulations. The participation of affected stakeholders should therefore be given priority in all the phases of p roject implementation. The workshop agreed on follow-up activities, which included preparation of detailed reports about the shrimp fisheries in each country, and venues for four regional workshops to be arranged in December 1999/January 2000.

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