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Timetable of COFI 32 side events

Title Organizer Main theme/Programme Time/Venue Background
Monday, 11 July 2016
Common Oceans ABNJ Program and the Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI) FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

This side event will inform COFI members and observers about progress of the Common Oceans ABNJ Program highlighting in particular achievements in selected areas, in particular:

1. Improving the capacities of developing countries to manage ABNJ, to fight IUU fishing and to improve compliance
2. Reducing the threats to biodiversity and overexploitation of fisheries resources
3. Integration of multiple stakeholder perspectives into decision making for ABNJ resources utilization
4. Sharing approaches, tools, lessons learned and information

This event will also Inform COFI members and observers about the status, structure and planned activities of the CFI and the approach taken. It will also demonstrate how these two major programmes complement the Blue Growth Initiative.

12:45-14:15

Iran Room (B116)

 
EU Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs): transparent, coherent and mutually beneficial tool European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries The purpose of the side event on SFPAs – to present the SFPAs as a successful tool setting high global fisheries standards in the world, in terms of sustainability, trasnsparency, coherence and benefits to partner countries. Participants will learn about different types of SFPAs, their content, structure, economic figures, and success stories of the use of sectorial support dedicated to development of partner countries' fisheries sector. Furthermore, the audience will get a broader picture of SFPAs, as an instrument that contributes to FAO strategic objectives and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and some insights on how SFPAs fit into the Ocean Governance agenda in the longer perspective.

12:45-14:15

Austria Room (C250 Bis)

Flyer

Infographic

Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Advancing Knowledge on Rights-Based Approaches in Capture Fisheries: A Global Work Programme for Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition, Poverty Eradication and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Cambodia / Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) / FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department This side event will explore the origins and outcomes of Tenure & Fishing Rights: A global forum on rights-based approaches for fisheries (UserRights 2015), the two follow-up events Friends of UserRights and Entebbe 2016 (Uganda), and the proposed Global Work Plan (GWP) for advancing knowledge on rights-based approaches in marine and inland fisheries, promoting food security and nutrition, alleviating poverty, and achieving the SDGs.

12:30-14:00

Philippines Room (C277/281)

Flyer
Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines Implementation: Where are we now? International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) / World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers (WFF) / World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) / Centro Internazionale Crocevia (CIC) The SSF Guidelines are a powerful tool to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and development. Concerted efforts are needed to ensure implementation of the SSF Guidelines at all levels. The purpose of this side event is therefore to foster collaborative implementation by sharing views and implementation experiences of different actors to promote the role of small-scale fisheries in food security and poverty eradication. It will also provide the opportunity to inform on biological, legal, economic, social and cultural aspects of small-scale fishing communities and their organizations and on how they cope with existing problems. The ultimate aim is to contribute to empowering small-scale fishing communities to improve their livelihoods and to promote a common understanding of the SSF Guidelines implementation approach.

12:30-14:00

Green Room (A122INT)

Flyer
Reliable fishery statistics and importance for food security assessments FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Co-sponsors: Bahamas / Gambia / Pew
The side event will address the theme: use of fishery statistics in national or global assessments of food security, with a focus on answering the question: which data approaches, including catch reconstructions, can contribute to better implementation of COFI's guidelines concerning Small-Scale Fisheries, and facilitate efforts to ensure the food security of coastal communities which livelihoods depend on fisheries; how States eventually improve their national data collection and reporting systems in support of such goal.

12:30-14:00

Ethiopia Room (C285/9)

Flyer
From the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries to GSSI's Global Benchmark Tool for Seafood Certification Schemes German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and GSSI Secretariat The side-event will present results from GSSI's first Benchmark Process with the newly launched Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes, provide insights into GSSI's journey to date and an update on next steps. GSSI partner representatives will explain why their organizations support the GSSI multi-stakeholder platform and what positive impact they expect GSSI to have for international seafood trade.
FAO member developing countries that participated in the pilot testing of the Tool will share their experiences and highlight the benefits of collaborating with GSSI as part of their efforts to further develop their national certification schemes. A round of questions and answers with the attendees will conclude this session.

12:30-14:00

Austria Room (C250Bis)

Invitation (in English)

Brochure (English)

Brochure (French)

Brochure (Spanish)

IUU Fishing - the EU's policy to fight IUU fishing: Implementation and future perspectives European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries The objective of this side event on IUU fishing is to highlight the work done by the EU in the fight against IUU fishing. Based on risk analysis and in line with international obligations the EU is looking to cooperate with third countries in order to work together to fight IUU fishing. Through a dialogue process the EU can help the countries to identify shortcomings in the steps being taken to prevent illegal fishers operating and find solutions to remedy the situation while allowing bring their policies in line with the current international standards. To date, the Commission has cooperated bilaterally with over 50 countries.

12:30-14:00

Iran Room (B116)

Announcement

Infographic

Sustainable management of bycatch and discards in Latin America and Caribbean trawl fisheries Costa Rica / Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA) The proposed side event will explore the experiences and initiatives from Latin America and the Caribbean countries, in their quest for sustainable management of bycatch in bottom trawling. The discussion will focus on the efforts of the six countries participating in the REBYC II-LAC project, and will include contributions from across the region through participation of CRFM and OSPESCA.

12:30-14:00

Mexico Room (D211)

Concept note (English)

Concept note (Spanish)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Integrating Fishery Management & Biodiversity Conservation: Implementation of Aichi Target 6 and the Role of MPAs for Food Security and Fishery Livelihoods FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) / The Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM/FEG) / International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) / European Bureau for Conservation & Development (EBCD)

AICHI TARGET 6
Building on previous and ongoing collaboration among CBD, FAO and IUCN/CEM/FEG, this event aims to highlight the results of the Expert Meeting on Improving Progress Reporting and Working towards Implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, convened in Rome on 9-11 February 2016, and the follow-up given by the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSSTA). In particular, it will discuss a set of actions and potential indicators that may be used by Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to accelerate, monitor and report on progress towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 6.
MPAs AND FISHERIES
The side event will also discuss the related (connected to Aichi Targets 6 and 11) issue of fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs), and present two recent publications on this issue by FAO in collaboration with IUCN-FEG following the IUCN World Parks Congress (Sydney, 2014): (i) an FAO technical paper on "MPAs: Interactions with fishery livelihoods and food security" and (ii) an Aquatic Resources special issue article on "Fishing Livelihoods as Key to Marine Protected Areas: Insights from the World Parks Congress".

12:30-14:00

Philippines Room (C277/281)

Flyer

Blue Growth - from Concept to Action FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department / Kingdom of The Netherlands This side event will be a dialogue on the challenges and opportunities Blue Growth or the Blue Economy offers countries in particular funding for the transition to this new economy. Ambassador Friday from Grenada will moderate the event which includes representatives from Cabo Verde, the Seychelles, Kuwait, Indonesia and others who will share their experiences and aspirations for Blue Growth. Much of the event is dedicated to a dialogue between the countries and with the audience to advance the Blue Growth agenda. This is event is an opportunity for those countries contemplating on taking the first steps towards this new agenda to find out more about the next steps and to connect to members who have taken the initial steps.

12:30-14:00

Green Room (A122INT)

 
Marine litter and microplastics FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department / United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Co-sponsor: World Animal Protection
The side-event will present global initiatives and studies carried out by different partners on marine litter and microplastics, in order to reduce the sources, mitigate the impacts and propose sound interventions that can be implemented.

12:30-14:00

Ethiopia Room (C285/9)

Flyer
From Seas and Lakes to plates: Smart partnership for sustainable fisheries in Southern and Eastern African and Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Commission The IOC-SmartFish programme is the one of the largest regional programme worldwide addressing fisheries issues in a comprehensive and holistic manner. From food security to governance, MCS and management to trade, Eastern Africa and South Western Indian Ocean fisheries have seen the development of innovative initiatives, a number being quite successful, starting to extend or to be copied in the continent. Key players representing the partnership: Indian Ocean Commission (Regional Economic Body), Seychelles (Participating Country), Lake Tanganyika authority (Regional Management Body), FAO (technical partner) and European Union (Donor) wish to share and discuss some of the key achievements and real success stories with COFI delegates to continue building sustainable fisheries for the future.

12:30-14:00

Austria Room (C250Bis)

Invitation

Flyer

Update on major developments relevant to the work of COFI arising out of the work of the General Assembly and the Review Conference on the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UN-DOALOS) Update on the outcome of the Review Conference on the Agreement; the First Integrated Marine Assessment; the first session of the Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly resolution 69/292; and the General Assembly review on the impacts of bottom fishing on VMEs and the long-term sustainability of deep sea fish stocks

12:30-14:00

Mexico Room (D211)

 
Innovative IT solutions to support Data needs for Blue Growth – Google and iMarine examples

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Co-sponsors: Google Ocean and Earth Outreach, iMarine

In the context of Blue Growth, there is an increasing demand for multi-disciplinary scientific evidence to support decision making and confront challenges such as IUU. Today, Data needs for Blue Growth are only partially met, but very promising prospects are there for unlocking capacities through innovative IT solutions, as will be exposed by Google and iMarine Partners. For exploiting this potential in the context of a quickly evolving international landscape, new partnerships and IT strategies are being shaped by FAO, which need to take into account needs, capacities and policies of its Members.

12:30-14:00

Sheikh Zayed Centre

Flyer

Thursday, 14 July 2016
Food security and Nutrition: The essential role of fisheries to combat hunger and increase resilience FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the emergency operations and rehabilitation division Fisheries should play a more prominent role in responses to disasters and in prevention strategies, in order to tackle food insecurity and micronutrient deficiencies. This side event will give concrete examples of the role of fisheries in resilience building with a focus on African drylands and on protracted crises.

12:30-14:00

Ethiopia Room (C285/9)

 
Malabo Declaration and Implementation Efforts in Meeting the Targets, Case in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector African Union - InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) African aquatic resources contribute significantly to food and nutritional security, income generation and economic welfare. Specifically, the fisheries and aquaculture contribute 6% of the Africa's agriculture GDP. Fisheries and aquaculture has consequently been identified as a key agricultural value chains for transformation under CAADP framework. The need to transform fisheries and aquaculture into a more vibrant sector was re-affirmed by the CAMFA II and Malabo Declaration. Consequently, a Pan African Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa was developed and endorsed by the African Union Head of States and Government. This Pan African Policy document is the overall framework or blue print for fisheries and aquaculture sector to effectively contribute to the Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared prosperity and Improved Livelihoods in Africa . Towards the realization of an improved contribution of these sectors to the Malabo goals, priority actions have been identified with clear milestones, indicators and responsibility of various stakeholders. These actions were identified through consultative processes that culminated in two continental think thank events. The implementation of this agenda is coordinated by Africa Union - Inter Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), NEPAD Agency (NPCA) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The objective of the side event is to share with the global community the African union agenda for the sustainable development and management of Small Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture.

12:30-14:00

Green Room (A122INT)

 
Combatting IUU Fishing FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department / International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Network / International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) / The Pew Charitable Trusts Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is a major threat to the world's fisheries. Combatting IUU fishing requires action at a variety of levels, in particular from the flag State, coastal State, port State and market States. A number of organizations have been taking the initiative to combat IUU fishing by working to enhance monitoring, control and surveillance activities at national, regional and global levels. This side event will consist of a panel discussion chaired by a representative from FAO and will include a number of organizations that are actively working to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing through their various projects and programmes, including PEW, ISSF, and IMCS Network. These will also be a presentation on the Global Record. Additionally, an FAO study will be presented on the various studies which have worked to assess IUU fishing. Panel presentations would be followed by an open discussion between the expert panelists and the participants.

12:30-14:00

Iran Room (B116)

Flyer
Evening event on Inland Fisheries FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department / Michigan State University This event will mark the launching the FAO/MSU publication of the proceedings of the 2015 Global Inland Fisheries Conference and promote the "10 steps to responsible inland fisheries", which are the synthesized recommendation of the conference.

18:00-20:00

Aventino Room

Flyer
From transparency to accountability – how credible information support responsible fisheries Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) / Seychelles

This side event will highlight:

  • how more transparency in the access to marine fisheries is key for countries to ensure sustainable management of their fish;
  • discuss how greater participation of stakeholders from the fisheries sector is necessary facilitate a collective understanding of the state of the access to marine fisheries;
  • elaborate how FiTI supports the implementation of international and national fisheries policies (focus on FAO instruments).

12:30-14:00

Austria Rooom (C250Bis)

Agenda (English)

Flyer (English)

Flyer (French)

Flyer (Arabic)

Flyer (Spanish)

Flyer (Portuguese)

Flyer (Russian)

Promoting seafood consumption: a tool for improving nutrition, health and regional development. Public policy and producers effort National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission of Mexico (CONAPESCA)

This side event will:

  • highlight the importance of spreading the benefits of eating seafood for health and nutrition reasons.
  • show the importance of generating government policies to encourage a higher consumption of seafood.
  • delve into various aspects of marketing, food technology and aquaculture products.
  • share successful experiences among the participants in promotion of the consumption of fish and seafood.

12:30-14:00

Mexico Room (D211)

Concept note (Spanish)

Flyer (English)

Flyer (Spanish)

Towards sustainable management of small pelagics in favour of food security in Africa African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organizations (CAOPA) The objective of this side event is to allow the different actors (regional organizations and sub regional as the SRFC, CECAF, coastal countries and fishing countries, professionals, NGOs) to share the efforts and developments registered to move towards a sustainable use for the benefit of the nutrition of the African people.

12:30-14:00

Philippines Room (C277/281)