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Report of the Expert Workshop on Aquaculture Co-management

Hybrid meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 8–10 June 2022











FAO. 2023. Report of the Expert Workshop on Aquaculture Co-management. Hybrid meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 8–10 June 2022. Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, No. 1399. Rome



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