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Cyprus to host Scientific Advisory Committee of General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean

FAO Director-General meets Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources

FAO Director-General and Cyprus' Minister hold one of the top-3 World Food Day student posters

4 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Cyprus’ Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Nicos Kouyialis, for talks that focused on the next session of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean to be hosted by Cyprus in March 2016.

The purpose of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean of the FAO is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use, at the biological, social, economic and environmental level, of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and connecting waters.

At the meeting which took place at the margins of the meeting of FAO’s executive Council, the Minister presented the three best works selected for the FAO World Food Day poster contest. For the first time ever, Cyprus has participated in the contest and the Minister presented the students’ work to the heads of the three UN Rome-based agencies: FAO, WFP and IFAD as a gift.

Discussions on climate change

Both principals also discussed how agriculture, forestry and healthy soils can contribute to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. “Unfortunately all these years we have just discussing about the impact of energy production and transport to climate change,” the Minister said in remarks after the meeting. “We just now started discussing how agriculture and fisheries can affect climate change, and I believe we need to take this issue seriously from now on and look at a greener agricultural activity”.