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    The FAO/SPC Regional Scoping Workshop: Development of a Pacific Aquaculture Regional Cooperative Programme held from 11 to 14 October 2011 in Nadi, Fiji was convened to engage high level discussions between national governments and international development partner organizations on the need to provide more attention to aquaculture development to small island developing states including the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). Fifty five experts representing 17 PICTs, representati ves from the private sector, eight international and regional institutions, and SPC and FAO staff participated in this regional scoping workshop whose overall objective was to assess the needs and map out a coordinating strategy and actions for the development of aquaculture in the Pacific region. To this end, a Pacific Regional Aquaculture Strategy was drafted with a vision of a sustainable aquaculture sector that meets food security and livelihood requirements based on economically viable ente rprises supported by enabling governance arrangements. The overall outcomes of the strategy are envisioned to include: (1) successful, competitive and biosecure aquaculture enterprises, using and adapting proven technologies to meet local requirements (technical, social and environmental); (2) recognition of the actual and potential contributions of the aquaculture sector towards regional livelihoods and food security (in response to the pressures of population growth, depleted/overfished insh ore fisheries resources and climate change); and (3) framework for aquaculture development that builds cooperation among PICT government aquaculture institutions, national, regional and international agencies, farmer groups/associations, and other stakeholders. To meet these objectives, the strategy proposes six broad programme elements including biosecurity, capacity building, feasibility assessment, statistics and data, markets and trade and technology transfer and improvement.
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    Project Document Formulation: INTRA-ACP Fisheries and Aquaculture Blue Growth Programme for Improved Value Chains Productivity and Competitiveness - TCP/INT/3704 2020
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    A number of African, Caribbean and Pacific ( countries rely, to varying extents, on fish trade for food security and economic development In addition to their value in trade, fisheries provide an important source of protein, employment and foreign income for the majority of ACP countries Despite their potential contribution to sustainable development, fisheries and aquaculture generally account for less than 5 percent of GDP of ACP countries, though the figure ranges from less than 1 percent in some countries, such as Vanuatu, Kenya and Jamaica, to as much as 14 percent in the Marshall Islands A number of factors impact upon this weak contribution, in particular a lack of private sector investment in fisheries and aquaculture businesses, as well as low productivity, including food loss and waste due to poor handling and processing, which in turn results in low prices and constrains access to markets with higher prices These constraints have been recognized and discussed by ACP fisheries and aquaculture ministers in a number of fora (such as the ACP Strategic Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Declaration of the 5 th meeting of the ACP Ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture) One response of the ACP Secretariat was to reach out to FAO for assistance in securing funding from the European Union, as part of 11 th European Development Fund ( for a project to increase the sustainability of fish value chains across the three ACP regions Subsequent discussions between the ACP Secretariat, the European Union’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and FAO resulted in the formulation of a way forward by focusing on prioritized value chains in ACP countries and investing significantly to enable micro, small and medium sized enterprises in the value chains to access finance and other forms of investment funds In December 2018 following a formal request from the ACP Secretariat to access EUR 40 million from EDF 11 via the ACP Fisheries and Aquaculture Action Document and to submit the action document for review at the next EDF 11 Finance Committee in 2019 DG DEVCO agreed to the request for the FishInvest project.
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    Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture
    reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities
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    These are the proceedings from the workshop on Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities, held in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 5 to 8 June, 2012, organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. The meeting brought together representatives from fisheries, climate change and disaster risk management from across the Pacific Island countr ies and territories (PICTs) to discuss the implications of climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture and on priority adaptations for economic development and government revenue, food security and sustainable livelihoods for Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian nations. The adaptations identified reflect the different fisheries participation rates and importance of fish to economic development and as a source of local food and income in these different regions. Ultimately, the Worksh op discussions recommended immediate action by all PICTs to manage fisheries resources sustainably now and into the future, and establish systems to minimize impacts of various drivers facing the sector now and from future climate change, and capitalize on opportunities. Cooperation between PICTs and partnerships between governments, regional and international organisations and communities were highlighted as important ways to implement effective adaptation.

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