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Plan of Action for Pillar One of the Global Soil Partnership

Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity








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    Second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) - Workshop Report
    15- 18 June 2015, Izmir, Turkey
    2015
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    The workshop was organised around plenary presentations (in particular on the status of GSP and outcomes of the previous EASP meetings held in Samarkand, September 2014 and Antalya, October 2014) and plenary discussions for re-establishment of EASP Steering Committee and development and validation of the RIP. The 6 working groups discussed the proposed RIP components, outputs, activities, indicators, timeline, partners and budget/funding. The topics discussed included:  Pillar 1 Sustainable soi l management, protection and restoration (framework)  Pillar 2 Investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil  Pillar 3 Targeted soil research and development  Pillars 4 and 5 Enhancing soil data and information and harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators  IYS 2015 in the EASP member countries  Financing RIP Donor mapping The workshop was also forward looking and provided recommendations for possible considerations and actions needed to promote and support implementation of the RIP. Furthermore, the workshop offered advice to GSP Focal Points and Secretariat with regard to the road map, next steps in the RIP development process and the additional actions that may be required to ensure that the document can be approved by GSP and successfully implemented. The importance for securing support for the RIP and to collaborate with variety of partners and projects, in particular FAO CACILM-II project for ‘Integrated natural resourc es management for salt affected and drought prone areas in Central Asia and Turkey’ was noted.
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    FAO/Regional Commission for Fisheries. Report of the sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 21-23 October 2014
    FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1094. Rome, FAO. 50 pp.
    2015
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    The sixth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Muscat, Oman, from 21 to 23 October 2014 and was attended by representatives from seven member countries. The WGA reviewed the outcome and recommendations of the sixth and seventh sessions of the Commission. The WGA noted the importance of the timely collection, submission and sharing of accurate aquaculture statistics and other relevant aquaculture information. A draft recom mendation on the minimum reporting of aquaculture data and information was discussed. The meeting agreed that RECOFI members would provide their comments at the next session of the Commission, when the recommendation will be presented for adoption. In the event the recommendation is adopted, it was agreed that the aquaculture data and information would be best submitted by the individual countries through specifically designed and dedicated templates accessible from the Regional Aquaculture Info rmation System (RAIS) website. The meeting discussed the RAIS following the presentation of the web analysis report, which indicated a steady interest in the information system particularly among the Arabic-speaking countries. Actions to further consolidate and expand the system were discussed, along with the need to improve the overall communication outputs at the national and regional levels. The WGA finalized its proposed programme of work for the next intersessional period, based also on the WGA programme adopted by the Commission at its seventh session. The main activities identified for the next work plan include: a training workshop on aquaculture risk analysis; a technical workshop on aquaculture recirculation technologies; a training workshop on aquaponics; hands-on training in marine hatchery technologies; and a technical meeting to share regional experiences in the use of GIS and spatial analysis in coastal zone management and marine aquaculture planning and development. In view of emerging aquatic animal health issues, the WGA further agreed that, during the implementation of the workshop on aquaculture risk analysis, the technical experts from the member countries would also discuss priority issues related to aquatic animal biosecurity and identify activities that required action. The WGA recognized that the Commission, based on its current level of financial contribution, might not have the required budget to implement a comprehensive aquaculture programme, and it recommended that some activities could be implemented with extrabudgetary funds. The WGA Alternate Focal Point of Oman was nominated as the new WGA Chairperson, while the WGA Focal Point of Bahrain was nominated as the new WGA Vice-Chairperson.
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    Report of the fifteenth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee 2014
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    The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) held its fifteenth session in Rome, from 8 to 11 April 2013. The session was attended by delegates from 20 Members of the GFCM as well as 12 observers and representatives of the FAO including regional projects. The Committee reviewed the issues addressed at the eight technical meetings, including the four sessions of its subcommittees, and at the workshops held during the 2012–2013 intersessi on. It examined actions carried out within the first phase of the GFCM Framework Programme (FWP). The main issues addressed included: i) scientific advice on the status of stocks, ii) a draft proposal for a regional management plan of red coral (RMP-RC), iii) the conservation status of species of special interest; iv) data collection schemes, including data compliance, and ongoing activities to prepare a GFCM data collection reference framework and v) research programmes among GFCM Members. The Committee also discussed technical issues in connection with the use of area-based measures, IUU fishing, VMS data and management related to bycatch and discards of commercial and non-commercial species. Furthermore, it endorsed the organization of a Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea by the end of 2013. Priority actions in the Black Sea were examined and the Committee welcomed the creation of a Mediterranean and Black Sea database of exper ts and institutions as well as of a Black Sea subregional group on stock assessment. The Committee endorsed a revised standard format for national reports and a proposal for a biennial report on the status of fisheries in the GFCM area. The Committee was informed about progress achieved within the process of amendment of the GFCM legal and institutional framework and welcomed the adoption of a subregional approach, in particular with respect to multiannual management plans. To facilitate this ap proach, the Committee expressed its support to the creation of subregional working groups and welcomed the proposal to establish a support mechanism to the decision-making process. Finally, it agreed upon its work plan for 2012–2013, endorsed the nomination of coordinators for its subcommittees and decided to submit the issue of the election of its Bureau to the next GFCM session.

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