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ACHIEVEMENTS OF MAJOR PROGRAMME 2.3 FISHERIES 1998-1999


11. The Secretariat highlighted the achievements of Major Programme 2.3 Fisheries during the biennium 1998-1999 on the basis of documents COFI/2001/2, COFI/2001/Inf.4, 5 and 6. These achievements included the Fisheries Department contribution to the formulation of a Strategic Framework for 2001-2015 adopted by the FAO Conference and progress attained in the work of the four Fisheries Programmes, which had contributed towards global sustainable fisheries management and development. The Committee was informed about the availability of detailed supplementary information which is contained in the Programme Implementation Report 1998-1999 on FAO's web site.

12. Whilst commending FAO for the progress achieved in the implementation of the work under the Major Programme: Fisheries, the Committee noted with concern the stagnation in funding for fisheries whilst there had been a substantial growth in the areas of work and responsibilities for the Organization. It requested that the Organization consider the feasibility of increasing budgetary allocation to this important Major Programme from FAO Regular Programme resources.

13. Several Members sought a more detailed and strategic evaluation and analytical approach to the assessment of outcomes and impacts of FAO's work in fisheries. The Secretariat advised the Committee that this approach was part of the new evaluation regime and further that the Programme Committee required that evaluation reports dealing with the work of the Fisheries Programme be drawn to the attention of the Committee. The Secretariat also advised the Committee that information on the distribution of the resources in support of the Organization's fisheries programmes by region could be found in Annex I to the FAO Programme of Work and Budget which was available on the FAO web site.

14. Some Members expressed concern about a large number of unscheduled meetings that they had not been able to attend because of the lack of timely information on the meetings and also budgetary constraints.

15. Many Members, especially developing countries, called for increased technical and financial assistance in support of the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Several small island developing States (SIDS) expressed their concern that the special programme for SIDS had not materialized due to the lack of funding.

16. A call was made by Members from Latin America and the Caribbean region to receive more equitable consideration in both the regular and field programmes. The call for increased support from FAO was also made by other developing countries.

17. Several Members commended the valuable work of the recently terminated DANIDA-funded training programme on fish technology and fish quality assurance and expressed their hope that renewed funding could be identified for the continuation of the work under this programme.

18. The Committee noted with appreciation that FAO had strengthened its collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other relevant agencies in the UN system to increase the safety of fishers working at sea.

19. Some Members urged FAO to review and analyse the global status regarding tuna stocks and tuna fisheries, in particular large-scale purse seine and long-line fisheries without duplicating the work of the regional fisheries organizations.


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