|NEPAD Agency Senior Fisheries Advisor, |
Dr. Sloans Chimatiro
The objectives of the meeting were:
- To participate and contribute to fisheries and programmes and closely link to existing and emerging regional and sub-regional fisheries organisations;
- To identify a new programme to support the implementation of the FAO strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa;
- To support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive African Fisheries Reform Strategy promoted by the Partnership for African Fishereis (PAF) under the NEPAD Action Plan for the Development of African Fisheries and Aquaculture -- as was recommended by the recent Conference of African Ministers of Fishereis & Aquaculture (CAMFA).
The participants stressed the importance of integrating climate change considerations into fishery management plans. NEPAD’s participation and contribution in this regard at the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011, was therefore highly recommended.
The FAO Strategy for Fisheries & Aquaculture in Africa is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).