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Expert Consultation on Contract Farming in Africa. Workshop report. Johannesburg, South Africa. 04-07 May 2009







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    Report of the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Workshop for SIOFA and SEAFO, 10-12 December 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa 2019
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    Compliance managers from Angola, Comoros, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Thailand met in Johannesburg, South Africa from 10-12 December 2018 to evaluate the effectiveness of existing fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance systems and practices implemented by Angola, Comoros, Mauritius, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, and Thailand to identify activities to strengthen MCS and compliance with respect of their SEAFO and SIOFA obligations. The workshop was organized by the ABNJ Deep Seas Project, which has activities to improve monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) in pilot regions of the ABNJ deep-seas. The outputs of the workshop would also be forwarded to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement’s and South East Atlantic Compliance Committee meetings for consideration.
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    Report of the FAO/APFIC Regional Workshop on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing for the South Asian Subregion. Bangkok, 10–13 February 2009. 2009
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    This document contains the report of the FAO/APFIC Regional Workshop on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing for the South Asian Subregion, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 10 to 13 February 2009. The objective of the Workshop was to develop national capacity and promote bilateral, subregional and/or regional coordination so that countries would be better placed to strengthen and harmonize port State measures and, as a result, implement fur ther the 2001 FAO International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, the 2005 FAO Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and the Chairperson’s Draft Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, if and when it enters into force. The Workshop addressed: the background and framework for port State measures; subregional and regional approaches to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and the implementation of port State measures; the Chairperson’s Draft Agreement and the role of the Asia Pacific Fishery Commission; national coordination and implementation of port State measures, and perspectives on port State measures, including responses to the FAO questionnaire that was circulated prior to the Workshop to collect information relating to port State measures in the South Asian subregion. Workin g groups were formed to enhance the participatory nature of the Workshop and as a means of engendering broader and deeper discussion on concepts and issues relating to port State measures. In the first exercise, participants addressed multidisciplinary aspects of port State measures, and in the second exercise, thematic issues were considered. The final session of the Workshop entitled “Looking ahead: and agenda for the subregion on port State measures” sought to identify key issues to be addressed by countries after the Workshop. Funding and support for the Workshop were provided by the FAO Regular Programme and by the Governments of Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.
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    Report of the EAF REGIONAL TASK GROUP MEETING AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP (SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN). Mombasa, Kenya, 27–30 January 2009 2009
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    The first meeting of the South West Indian Ocean EAF Regional Task Group (RTG) was held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 27 to 30 January 2009, together with an ecological risk assessment methodology workshop. It was attended by 20 participants from the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) countries, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the Agulhas and Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) project, the Scientific Committee of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commiss ion, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Nairobi Convention Implementation Unit, the African Union Commission and FAO. The RTG is an implementation structure under the EAF-Nansen project GCP/INT/003/NOR and serves as the forum for training in ecological risk assessment that is the methodology used for the identification and prioritization of issues requiring management attention. The main objectives of the meeting and workshop were to discuss and facilitate key processes an d activities for the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the South West Indian Ocean region including the modalities for the formation and functioning of the RTG and National Task Groups (NTGs). It was explained that, to be able to achieve the objectives of implementing an ecosystem approach to fisheries at the national level, certain key structures have to be in place including the NTG with representatives of key stakeholders in a given fishery and that would take the lead in the process. An overview of the key concepts and process of the ecological risk assessment methodology were clarified. Participants were also introduced to the preparation of EAF baseline reports to be used as initial input for the work on ecosystems approach to fisheries. It was explained that the preparation of the report is to be led by national and regional experts and overseen by the NTG. For the exercises the participants worked in three subgroups formed during the meeting with each group selecting a chairman who moderated the discussions and a rapporteur. The participants expressed satisfaction with the development of a communication strategy for the project and especially with the participatory approach used.

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