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Regional Workshop on Approaches to the Implementation

 

and Monitoring of Community-based Ecosystem Approach

 

to Fisheries Management (CEAFM): Finding common ground

 

between the coastal fisheries and conservation approaches

 

in the Pacific 

Noumea (Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December 2010)

 

The Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is organizing a "Regional Workshop on Approaches to the Implementation and Monitoring of Community-based Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (CEAFM): Finding common ground between the coastal fisheries and conservation approaches in the Pacific", to be held in Noumea at the SPC Conference Centre from Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December 2010.

 

About 80 participants are expected, with the financial support of the European Union under the SciCOFish project concerning ACP countries participation. The workshop will therefore focuses on bringing together the main stakeholders from both the National Government conservation and fisheries departments, regional and national NGOs and other organizations working in the CEAFM area, including monitoring, to try to find common ground between the fisheries and conservation approaches in the Pacific.

 

 

 

Several approaches have been developed for implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF), for both coastal and oceanic fisheries, however, there is no one approach that fits all situations. There are also non-fisheries issues and concerns that directly affect fisheries, such as land-born pollution, sediment runoff, coastal development, that also need to be accounted for in an EAF approach to fisheries management. To better address this, the SPC, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations produced a joint publication on “A community-based ecosystem approach to fisheries management (CEAFM): guidelines for Pacific Island countries” in early 2010.

 

This will be the first regional meeting of senior officers from fisheries, conservation/ environmental, regional and national NGOs as well as regional organisations, where they come together to work on common issues in the area of implementing CEAFM and/or marine conservation and/or monitoring in the marine environment. The aim is develop common approaches and a way forward for in-country implementation and assistance provided by the SPC, regional and national NGOs and other stakeholders, and other regional organisations.

Collaborations will also be explored so that there is better service delivery at the community level, with consistent messages being delivered, and complementary systems put in place for both management and monitoring purposes, taking into consideration possible climate change effects and the need for adaptation.

 

 

Day one will set the scene for the themes of the workshop through presentations and discussion on the current status of CEAFM and monitoring and possible effects of climate change. Participants will be made aware of current practices, with successes and challenges identified.

 

Following days will be organized with presentations to set the scene on what has been tried with successes, challenges and lessons learned. Participants will then be divided into groups to discuss specific issues regarding the daily thematic, with the results of the discussion presented back in plenary at the end of the day. The key outcomes will be recorded and form part of the output of the workshop.

 

Day two will focus on CEAFM (fisheries and conservation management), day three on monitoring (for fisheries and conservation purposes), day four on collaborations and how we can all work closer together.

The final morning will focus on the next steps, how we ensure the on-going cooperation and collaboration on implementing CEAFM and monitoring (for both fisheries and conservation), and finalising the outcomes of the workshop (see provisionnal agenda).

 

For more information, please contact Mr Ian Bertram, Coastal Fisheries Science and Management Adviser                                eu_200pix
funded by the European Union
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 13:40
 

 

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