Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

Central Asia Regional Programme for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (FISHDEV - CA)

GCP /RER/031/TUR under FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP)

Countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (countries covered by the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia -SEC)

Duration:  Five years (October 2009 – September 2014)

Implementing Agency:  National Level Departments of Fisheries and State Fisheries Committees in each of the SEC countries

The development objective of the regional programme is to increase the Central Asian fisheries and aquaculture sector performance in terms of its capacity to generate food, employment and income, and in terms of its economical viability, environmental compatibility and social acceptability.

The programme is structured in such a way that it can achieve within a five year period the following outcomes:

  1. A formally established regional fisheries and aquaculture arrangement in the form of Regional Fishery Body or Network covering the participating countries;
  2. Strengthened Fisheries and aquaculture sector policy, legal and institutional frameworks;
  3. A Capacity building and education programme for fisheries and aquaculture professionals of the region established and functioning; and
  4. Increased sustainability in the management of fisheries and aquaculture.

This programme was formulated in a highly participatory manner with all relevant stakeholders of the sector in Central Asia. The formulation process started in December 2007 with the Regional Workshop on “Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture in Central-Asia: Status and Development Prospects” held at the Mediterranean Fisheries Research, Production and Training Institute (AKSAM) in Beymelek, Kale, Province of Antalya, Turkey. The workshop organized jointly by Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and FAO and attended by 35 experts from Central Asia and Turkey. Since then various drafts of the programme were circulated for comments and observations to experts and governmental officials in the participating countries. Their comments were  taken on board in the version of the document that was presented to the FTPP Steering Committee in May 2009. The Programme was approved by the Steering Committee at reduced rate and scope and with a budget limitation of US$ 1.5 million.