Evaluation of FAO’s support to the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) was unanimously adopted by FAO Member States on 31 October 1995. The Code and its related International Plans of Action (IPOA) are voluntary instruments widely recognised by governments and NGOs as the global standard for the sustainable development and management of fisheries and aquaculture, and as a basis for reviewing and adopting national fisheries legislation. In adopting the CCRF, FAO members also requested an inter-regional programme of external assistance to upgrade capabilities of developing countries to facilitate compliance with their obligations under the Code.
One of FAO’s Impact Focus Areas for 2010-2014 supports the promotion of responsible fisheries and aquaculture sector management at the global, regional and national levels. The work includes mostly capacity development activities in support of the implementation of the CCRF, Compliance Agreement and associated International Plans of Actions. FAO’s Global Partnership for Responsible Fisheries (FishCode) has also received substantial financial support from donors in recent years, which has not been independently evaluated.
In this context, FAO Programme Committee in April 2010 selected FAO’s support to the implementation of the CCRF as one of the priority areas for evaluation in 2011. This evaluation will assess the work by FAO in the period 2004-2011, funded through Regular Budget and Voluntary resources, in support of its Member Countries’ efforts to implement and comply with the broad range of guidance contained in the Code.
The Evaluation is expected to be finalized by May 2012 and discussed at the Programme Committee at its session in October 2012.