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Summary and Main Conclusions of the Workshop

Co-management of fisheries is widely practiced in most Asian and Pacific countries, mostly through traditional arrangements on a pilot/demonstration scale, through projects.

Pilot/demonstration schemes have shown that economic, social and environmental benefits can be achieved through fisheries co-management;

The Workshop proposed that countries in Asia and the Pacific move towards organized implementation of co-management at local, provincial and national levels, i.e. they should mainstream fisheries co-management, building on existing co-management and community-based arrangements, where available.

The Workshop further noted the need to address the following challenges to successful co-management:

A common understanding of fisheries co-management

The Workshop adopted the following common understanding of fisheries co-management:

In line with the overall purpose of the Workshop to have fisheries co-management mainstreamed into the national system of fisheries management in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, building on existing fisheries co-management and community-based practices that exist in many of these countries, the Workshop developed a set of strategies (see box) and action items for the major players (see below).

Strategies to achieve the objective

Strategy 1: Demonstrate and communicate the benefits and importance of co-management, to promote the scaling up of pilot/demonstration activities at different levels of government

Strategy 2: Provide an appropriate national policy and legislative frameworks to enable effective co-management of both small- and large-scale fisheries

Strategy 3: Ensure legitimate representation of, and trust among, stakeholders

Strategy 4: Strengthen human and institutional capacity of all relevant stakeholders to enable co-management

Strategy 5: Empower fishing communities to engage in co-management arrangements

Strategy 6: Establish, enhance and increase linkages and communication between stakeholders

Strategy 7: Focus research and learning on fisheries co-management

Strategy 8: Make available and support sustainable financial arrangements for fisheries co-management

Key actions by stakeholders

All parties:

Actions by national governments:

Actions by regional and intergovernmental organizations:

In order to assist states to place co-management higher on national agendas, not as an option but as a core strategy, they will:

In order to improve coordination of their own efforts in facilitating the adoption of fisheries co-management:

Actions by international or regional research:

Actions by non-governmental and civil society organizations:

Actions by aid agencies/donors (suggestions to be developed in further consultation, since the Workshop was not representative of all donors themselves):

Actions by fishing communities (suggestions to be developed in further consultation, since the Workshop was not representative of all communities):

Immediate next steps/follow-up:

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