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5. The Working Party held its meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from 18 to 21 November 2003. It was funded by the FAO Regular Programme with the support of the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (SFLP-GCP/INT/715/UK)[1]. The meeting arrangements were coordinated by the Fisheries Unit of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

6. The meeting was attended by 19 experts (researchers, practioners and civil society organizations) from 15 countries, covering a range of disciplines and activities connected with small-scale fisheries, taking into account geographical and gender balance. The list of participants is attached as Appendix B.

7. The documents placed before the Working Party are listed in Appendix C and the Executive Summary of the documents in Appendix D. The meeting was chaired by Dr. John Kurien, First Vice-Chair of ACFR, and organized in a series of plenary sittings and small break-out groups each facilitated by an expert. The Agenda of the meeting is attached as Appendix A. The main conclusions of the meeting, including the draft research agenda on small-scale fisheries, was adopted at the last plenary sitting. The FAO Secretariat was requested to finalize some sections and annexes of the research agenda and circulate it by e-mail to members of the Working Party for clearance.

[1] The Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (SFLP) represents a partnership between FAO, DFID and 25 participating countries of West Africa. The SFLP uses the Code, and poverty profiling as tools in the sustainable livelihoods approach (SLA) context to facilitate changes in policies, institutions and processes to achieve poverty reduction in coastal and inland fisheries communities by improving livelihoods of people dependent on fisheries and aquatic resources.

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