Strengthening regional capacities to secure more sustainable fisheries management and contribute to marine biodiversity and climate resilience.

LEVERAGING sustainable fisheries to build the africa we want

This work plan consists firstly of assisting the EA-SA-IO region in improving its policies and frameworks for better management and use of its marine fisheries resources, which could be a strong economic lever for the countries concerned.  This will be achieved through eight strategic actions :

regional cooperation in marine fisheries
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Updating fishery policies and management plans
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Actualizing small-scale fisheries registration and licensing frameworks
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Building capacity of regional fisheries bodies 
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Facilitating collaboration for natural resources management
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Improving data collection and management
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Establishing a network for climate adaptation
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Support small-scale fisheries - biodiversity conservation activities
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The second aspect of the work plan Strengthened capacity strives to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the EA-SA-IO region through eight other strategic actions:

Supporting monitoring, control and surveillance cooperation, coordination and harmonisation 
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Supporting exchange of experiences and development of coordinated approaches
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Organising and coordinating joint regional sea and air patrols
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Facilitating interoperability of systems and exchange of data
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Building capacity for harmonised enforcement, compliance and prosecution
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Building capacity and assist technically on catch certification and traceability
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Encouraging synergies with other regional initiatives
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Establishing risk assessment frameworks
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