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Report of the EAF REGIONAL TASK GROUP MEETING AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP (GULF OF GUINEA). Freetown, Sierra Leone, 20-22 October 2008








FAO EAF-Nansen Project/FAO, Projet EAF-Nansen. Report of the EAF Regional Task Group Meeting and Ecological Risk Assessment Methodology Workshop (Gulf of Guinea). Freetown, Sierra Leone, 20–22 October 2008/Rapport de la réunion du Groupe de travail régional AEP et de l'Atelier sur la méthodologie d'évaluation du risque écologique (golfe de Guinée). Freetown, Sierra Leone, 20-22 octobre 2008. FAO EAF-Nansen Project Report/FAO, Rapport du Projet EAF-Nansen. No 2. Rome, FAO. 2009. 59p.


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