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70. To reinforce the concepts and information presented in the Workshop concerning the Code and to encourage participants to interpret and apply them, two role-plays were included in the Workshop. The outlines of these role-plays are attached as Appendix N.

71. The Case 1 role-play demonstrated a clear understanding by the participants of the complex and sensitive issues relating to inshore fisheries management. Arguments presented in support of measures to remedy the conflict were realistic, centering on community-based approaches to management. It was noted that in order to obtain a lasting solution that would be supported by both village groups, it would have to be seen as being fair and equitable. The sensitive nature of these types of disputes were underscored and the need for tact and diplomacy by officials in dealing with villagers was of the utmost importance. The Workshop noted that the issues and solutions raised in the role-play were addressed in the Code of Conduct. In this regard, it was pointed out that the Code and particularly its Technical Guidelines could be of considerable assistance to officials and stakeholders in arriving at decisions concerning resource use conflicts.

72. Case 2 role-play, a realistic situation encountered in many Pacific Island countries, provided an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their awareness of a range of issues germane to responsible fisheries management. In particular, the role-play demonstrated a clear awareness of the:

73. The role-plays and ensuing discussions indicated that the participants had a good grasp of the principles contained in the Code of Conduct and how they could be used in an applied context.

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