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Final Report of the 21st Session of the Committee on Forestry (arabic version)

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    Report of the fifth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12-14 May 2009 / Report of the fifth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12-14 May 2009) (Arabic version) 2009
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    The fifth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from12 to 14 May 2009. The Commission reviewed a range of regional issues and activities of importance to the conservation and management of fisheries and aquaculture. Members addressed intersessional activities and provided country reports. Administrative and financial reports were also considered. It was noted that as at 31 December 2008 eight Members had deposited their ins truments of acceptance for the RECOFI Agreement. The Commission discussed the report of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) including the fourth meeting of the WGA, Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS), development of a regional strategy for aquatic animal health, sustainable marine cage aquaculture development and a legal and policy framework for aquaculture. The report of the Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) was addressed in terms of the role of the Working Group, stock status reporting, review of capture fisheries statistics, improving the utility and diffusion of fisheries statistical data among Members and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing including port State measures. Members reviewed the structure and functioning of the Commission, its organization and modus operandi and terms of reference for RECOFI National Focal Points. In considering the programme of work and budget for the 2009–2010 biennium the Commission approved seven activities for implementation. A further seven projects were postponed for financial reason. would be held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, in May 2011.
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    Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (arabic version)
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    Land, fisheries, forests and other natural resources provide a platform for livelihoods and a basis for social, cultural and religious practices. Pressure on these resources is increasing as areas are sought for cultivation, are occupied by urban expansion and as people abandon areas because of degradation, climate change and conflicts. In response, FAO and its partners initiated the preparation of internationally accepted guidelines to enhance governance of tenure of land, fisheries and f orests. The Guidelines promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. They were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012.

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