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Strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa
by African Union (AU-IBAR and NPCA) (Intergovernmental organization)
The overall objective is to enhance the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa.

The specific objective of this action is to improve institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa. The specific objective will be achieved through the following results areas:
Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved
Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced
Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened
Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and Capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.
Cross-cutting issues included in the activities address gender, nutrition, climate change and environmental sustainability and Good governance and human rights.

Implementation is lead and coordinated by AU-IBAR with collaboration from the NEPAD Agency. A Project Steering Committee (PSC), comprising representatives from the main stakeholders, technical and implementing partners, development actors in the sector and the European Commission oversees and validates the overall direction and policy of the initiative.

The implementation of the project activities complement the activities of a parallel initiatives focussing on fisheries trade project that is coordinated by the WorldFish centre and is being implemented in collaboration with AU-IBAR and NPCA. The FishTrade initiative aims to Improve food security and reduce poverty through intra-regional fish trade in Africa
Progress reports
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
14.5
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
14.6
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
  • Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
  • information relating to harmful subsidies
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
14.b
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
2018
Improved institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management
2018
Enhanced sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies
2018
Strengthened institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development
2018
Enhanced advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and Capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector
Financing (in USD)
14,000,000 USD
In-kind contribution
700000
Basic information
Time-frame: March 2014 - 2018
Partners
African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) Lead Entity (Intergovernmental Organisation) NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA / NEPAD Agency) Implementing Partner (Intergovernmental Organisation)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Regional institutions in Africa including regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries bodies (RFBs), Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) The ultimate beneficiaries of the action will be fishermen, aquaculture producers, fishe
Contact information
Bernice Mclean, Dr, bernicem@nepad.org, +27828586513
Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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