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Report of the third Ad Hoc Meeting of Intergovernmental Organizations on Work Programmes Related to Subsidies in Fisheries. Rome, 23–25 July 2003











FAO. Report of the third Ad Hoc Meeting of Intergovernmental Organizations on Work Programmes Related to Subsidies in Fisheries. Rome, 23-25 July 2003. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 719. Rome, FAO. 2003. 69p.


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    Report of the Ad Hoc Meeting of Intergovernmental Organizations on Work Programmes Related to Subsidies in Fisheries (Rome, 21-22 May 2001) 2001
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    The Ad Hoc Meeting with Intergovernmental Organizations on Work Programmes Related to Subsidies in Fisheries took place at FAO Headquarters for one and a half days starting on 21 May 2001 as a follow up to a recommendation made at the twenty-fourth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI). Representatives from the FAO, UNEP, WTO, OECD and SADC Secretariats attended the Meeting. The Agenda of the meeting included two main issues: (i) presentation and discussion of work programmes on subsi dies in fisheries by participating organizations; and (ii) challenges and possible way forward/issues for the future was adopted. While noting that collaboration amongst the agencies concerned has been going on for some time, the meeting identified a number of additional opportunities for collaboration. The meeting also identified actions for intergovernmental organizations and governments respectively.
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    Report of the Technical Consultation on the Use of Subsidies in the Fisheries Sector. Rome, 30 June - 2 July 2004 2004
    The Technical Consultation on the Use of Subsidies in the Fisheries Sector was held at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, from 30 June to 2 July 2004. The Technical Consultation worked under the terms agreed by the twenty-fifth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), which established that attention should be given to a practical mandate to consider the effect of subsidies on fisheries resources, such as effects on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and overcapacity, taking into account the impact of subsidies on sustainable development, trade in fish and fishery product, food security, social security and poverty alleviation, especially in the context of recognizing the special needs of developing countries and small island developing States as recognized in international instruments. The Consultation agreed that FAO should prioritize its programme of work with some activities to be carried out in the short term and others in the long term. In the short term, FAO should broadly examine the relationship between subsidies and overcapacity and IUU fishing. The examination should also, as part of the short-term work programme, consider the situation in developed and developing countries, high seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), and the artisanal and industrial sectors. In addition, FAO should examine the role and impact of subsidies in fisheries development, particularly in the artisanal sector and with respect to food security and livelihoods and cons ider the effects and role of other economic instruments. The long-term work was identified as evaluating the impact of fisheries subsidies on the various fisheries management regimes. In this regard, the Consultation agreed that, as a continuing part of its mandate, FAO should work on developing related indicators and operational guidelines, and capacity building activities in developing countries. A detailed outline of the short-term and long-term work programmes should be presented to the twen ty-sixth session of COFI for discussion and decision.
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    Guide for identifying, assessing and reporting on subsidies in the fisheries sector 2004
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    FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 438 consists of ten chapters and three appendixes.After a brief introduction to the background of the document, the Guide starts in chapter 2 by explaining to the reader how it should be used. In chapter 3, it discusses how to prepare for a study of fishery subsidies. Then, before getting into more detailed advice on the study itself, a discussion follows on “what is a fisheries subsidy?” and “what are the various categories of subsidies?” in chapters 4 and 5. This part of the document is directed at those who are not familiar with the issues surrounding subsidies in fisheries. Chapter 6 is the core of the Guide. Here the reader is exposed to the use of different assessment methods. The emphasis is on how to determine the government cost – or revenue – and the value to the industry of a subsidy. The value of a subsidy to the industry is reflected in costs and earnings it causes. Chapter 7 discusses the measurement of these factors in further detail. The fo llowing chapter deals with the relative importance of fishery subsidies and gives ideas with regard to how comparative analyses can be carried out. The final two chapters discuss reporting and also give a summary of the Guide. Appendixes I and II present respectively a Glossary and a review of other subsidy classifications. Appendix III lists additional examples of possible subsidies under different categories.

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