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Sharing innovative, water-saving agri-aquaculture experiences across the Near East and North Africa

30/11/2018
Water scarcity is a pressing concern around much of the world, and particularly in the Near East and North Africa region. FAO has responded with Regional Water Scarcity Initiative, managed by FAO’s Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt, and is a part of FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. As part of this initiative, experts are documenting examples of the smart use of water and best management practices for integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems in in focus countries from the Near East and North Africa region including Algeria, Egypt and the Sultanate of Oman. [more]

Helping countries to tackle AMR in aquaculture

17/11/2018
This week we’re celebrating World Antibiotic Awareness Week, an international campaign that brings attention to the fact that the misuse of antibiotics places us all at risk. Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in the livestock sector, aquaculture, and crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms. [more]

A week of aquaculture wraps up in Rome

02/11/2018
The Ninth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture wrapped up last week in Rome. The Sub-committee meeting brought together 188 delegates from 94 member countries and observers from regional fisheries bodies, international organizations and civil society organizations to review a full agenda of aquaculture-related items. [more]

Small Island Developing States and AMR focus of Day 2 at #COFIaquaculture

27/10/2018
The busy pace continued for day 2 of the Ninth session of the FAO COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Attendance at this session of COFI Aquaculture broke all previous attendance records, with 188 delegates from 94 member countries and partner organizations descending on the Eternal City to discuss opportunities and challenges related to aquaculture from around the world. If you missed our coverage from the first day of COFI Aquaculture. [more]

#COFIaquaculture kicks off in Rome on UN Day

25/10/2018
The Ninth session of FAO’s Sub-committee on Aquaculture opened in Rome on 24 October – on UN Day, the day the 1945 creation of the United Nations is marked each year. The 188 delegates arrive at FAO Headquarters, hailing from 94 countries, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to participate in a week full with aquaculture discussions, and a critical look at how this sector can help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable development Goals. [more]

Safety at Sea on the agenda in South Africa this week

11/10/2017
Fishing is recognized as one of the most, if not the most, dangerous occupations in the world, with an annual fatality rate of 80 lives per 100,000 fishermen. There is a long-standing cooperation between the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and FAO, in particular in improving safety at sea in the fisheries sector. [more]

Successful meeting of Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth in Malta

10/10/2017
In the three days before the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, the Faroe Islands and the Nordic Council hosted an interesting three-day event discussing the challenges and opportunities for Large Ocean Nations around the globe. We’ve already written posts about innovative ideas in these nations and the first day of the Malta event. In this blog post, we would like to provide a wrap-up of the event and highlight some of the key points and ways forward identified by attendees during their three days of dialogue on this Mediterranean island nation. [more]

Sustainable fisheries and climate change at Day 2 #OurOcean

09/10/2017
After the downpours accompanying the first day of Our Ocean, a much more typical, warming Mediterranean sun greeted Conference attendees for the second day of the event. Friday morning’s keynote address was delivered by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Prince spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean, including climate change and its effects on marine resources, marine pollution, damage to marine habitats, efforts at awareness raising and possibilities to develop ecotourism in the region. [more]

#OurOcean opens in Malta

06/10/2017
The fourth annual Our Ocean Conference opened today on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Hosted by the European Union in the EU’s smallest member countries, this is the first time that the global meeting – previously held in Chile and the US – comes to Europe. [more]

On the eve of Our Ocean: Financing the Forgotten Fisheries

05/10/2017
The evening before the opening of the #OurOcean Conference, a Financing the Forgotten Fisheries event hosted in Malta by the NGO Rare addressed the challenge of how to attract financing aimed at strengthening small-scale fisheries communities. [more]
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