ASFA Advisory Board Meeting. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Ostend, Belgium, 4-8 September 2006. Summary report (including ASFA Partner's Reports).

ASFA Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

ASFA Advisory Board Meeting

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Ostend, Belgium, 4-8 September 2006

Summary report
(including ASFA Partner's Reports)



FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome 2007

CONTENTS

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PREFACE

The ASFA Advisory Board is described under Article VIII of the ASFA Partnership Agreement which all ASFA Partners have signed. The full Partnership Agreement can be seen on the ASFA homepage (ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/006/ad644e/ad644e00.pdf).

The three paragraphs, from Article VIII, containing the key functions of the Board are:

paragraph 8.1 – The functions of the ASFA Advisory Board (the "Board") shall be to decide upon, and oversee the implementation of policy matters with respect to the ASFA service.

paragraph 8.2 – Each ASFA Partner shall be entitled to nominate one member of the Board, who should be a person invested with authority to commit the expenditure of the resources of the ASFA Partner concerned.

paragraph 8.4 – Members of the Board shall be adequately prepared to discuss and evaluate the issues raised at each meeting of the Board.

The Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Advisory Board has been meeting annually since the beginning of the ASFA service/system in 1970.

Besides providing an opportunity to establish contacts and to provide a forum for discussing the ongoing maintenance and the future development of the ASFA system, the Meeting also serves as a moment of "accountability" for all the ASFA Partners. This is because all the Partners must, both during the Meeting and in their Reports to the Meeting, render public what they have (or have not) accomplished during the intersessional period.

There is little doubt that the annual ASFA Board Meetings are an important factor in keeping the “momentum” going in a system which may be easily subject to stasis because of its highly decentralized nature and the lack of direct monetary subsidies as an incentive for input production.

Note regarding this document: In the printed version of the Meeting Report, you will find the minutes of the Meeting and only a few selected Annexes (e.g. the Agenda, the List of Participants, Trust Fund Status and Action Items). However, the CD-ROM included with this document contains all of the documents (Annexes) and PowerPoint presentations that were submitted to or presented at the Meeting (note: these documents have been reproduced as submitted and have not undergone editorial control by the FAO ASFA Secretariat).

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The body of this Report represents the minutes of the Meeting as recorded by the Rapporteur Ms Helen Wibley (FAO).

 

FAO.
ASFA Advisory Board Meeting. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Ostend, Belgium, 4–8 September 2006. Summary Report (including ASFA Partners' Reports).
Rome, FAO. 2007. 64p. Includes a CD-ROM.

CONTENTS


1. OPENING OF THE MEETING

2. ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

3. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND RAPPORTEURS

4. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

5. ADOPTION OF SUMMARY REPORT OF 2005 ASFA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

6. STATUS OF ASFA PARTNERSHIP

7. ASFA SCOPE, COVERAGE, MONITORING AND TIMELINESS

8. ASFA PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

9. PROGRESS WITH MACHINE-READABLE INPUT

10. REPORT ON ASFA TRAINING ACTIVITIES

11. STATUS OF ASFIS REFERENCE SERIES PUBLICATIONS

12. EXPANDED LANGUAGE CAPABILITY IN ASFA

13. ASFA TRUST FUND

14. OTHER BUSINESS

15. PLACE AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

16. REVIEW/APPROVAL OF DRAFT REPORT OF MEETING

17. FIFTH DAY OF ASFA BOARD MEETING

Annexes