Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

FAO/NACA/APFIC Regional Study/Workshop on
Adoption of Aquaculture Assessment Tools for Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

3 to 5 July 2012

Pattaya, Thailand



The purpose of this regional study and expert workshop is to conduct (a) a regional evaluation study on adoption of existing aquaculture assessment tools in ten Asia-Pacific countries and document them as country papers,  (b) produce a regional synthesis document on adoption and constraints to adoption of aquaculture assessment tools in Asia, and (c) convene a regional workshop to discuss implementation issues in the adoption of aquaculture assessment tools and develop a regional strategy/action plan to promote wider application of aquaculture assessment tools in Asia-Pacific.

The present study will focus primarily on tools that are relevant for aquaculture planning, development and management. Some of the key tools to be considered in the evaluation study include:

  • Import Risk Analysis (IRA)
  • Health Certification and Quarantine 
  • Disease surveillance and early warning system 
  • Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of aquaculture operations 
  • Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA) 
  • Ecological risk analysis (genetics and biodiversity) 
  • Food safety (e.g. residue testing, traceability) 
  • Aquaculture development (e.g. spatial planning/zoning based on carrying capacity) 
  • Production process (e.g. public and private certification) 
  • Social impact assessment 
  • Input Quality assessment and monitoring 
  • Management Tools (e.g. BMP/GAP) 
  • Other tools (e.g. life cycle analysis, green house gas emissions, carbon foot print studies)


Concept note and agenda