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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








Report of the EAF Regional Task Group Meeting and Ecological Risk Assessment Methodology Workshop (South West Indian Ocean). Mombasa, Kenya, 27–30 January 2009/Rapport de la réunion du Groupe de travail régional AEP et de l’Atelier sur la méthodologie d’évaluation du risque écologique (sud-ouest de l’océan Indien). Mombasa, Kenya, 27-30 janvier 2009. FAO EAF-Nansen Project Report/FAO, Rapport du Projet EAF-Nansen. No 4. Rome, FAO. 2009. 76p.


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