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6. Session IV - Future actions and recommendations for countries and CONSRN partners

Review of progress against the RSF showed that the original elements are still valid. However, there has been a shift in focus from asset provision towards capacity building, institutional building and improving management. This shift highlights the need for continued action and support for the rehabilitation and reconstruction process over the next five years.

The workshop agreed that in order to move from emergency relief to longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction the following cross-cutting challenges needed to be addressed:

1. Improved data and information and the need for better coordination asset distribution as well as all activities involved in the fishery/aquaculture rehabilitation. These include:

2. Assuring appropriate financial mechanisms are in place at both the macro level for fishery/aquaculture infrastructure reconstruction and at the micro level for development of fishing communities. These include:

3. Strengthening human capacity (through training and skill upgrading) for communities, government officials and NGOs, in the areas of:

4. Empowering and ensuring full participation of communities in the rehabilitation process.

More specifically, country priorities depended on the stage at which countries had reached, between emergency relief to full rehabilitation and reconstruction.

These included:

The workshop recognized that there are issues relating to migrant workers and the shelter and relocation of internally displaced persons and (e.g. foreign fishing crews, persons housed in camps, persons who are unable to return to their homes). However, it was concluded that these are outside the immediate competence of CONSRN. The workshop further recognized that where these people are engaged in fishing/aquaculture, CONSRN has a role relating to supporting skills enhancement and addressing their rehabilitation needs.

It was also noted that management of transboundary fishery issues were important, but were beyond the scope of this workshop (management of shared resources, addressing the causes and management of IUU fishing etc.).

At a regional level, a number of broad activities were identified including:

1. Resource assessments (especially the impact of tsunami on resources);

2. Early warning system communication;

3. Lessons learned, experience and information sharing.

Priority action for CONSRN could include:

1. Assessment of resources;

2. Conduct training needs assessments and implement capacity strengthening;

3. Support to clarification of fishery/aquaculture policy objectives;

4. Coordination and information sharing.

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