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With the Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal (2009-2011), FAO is adopting measures to provide an internal environment conducive to results-based management. This new programmatic framework is set against the high-level goals of the Organization and includes eleven Strategic Objectives, two Functional Objectives, and eight Core Functions.

The work of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department centers on “Sustainable management and use of fisheries and aquaculture resources” (Strategic Objective C) which embraces normative as well as operational activities whether implemented from headquarters or from the field.

The Department measures its achievements against six organizational results which directly benefit FAO Members and stakeholders:

  • Organizational Result C1 – Improved formulation of policies and standards that facilitate the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other international instruments, as well as response to emerging issues
  • Organizational Result C2 – Improved governance of fisheries and aquaculture through the establishment or strengthening of national and regional institutions, including RFBs
  • Organizational Result C3 – Improved state of fisheries resources, ecosystems and their sustainable use through more effective management of marine and inland capture fisheries
  • Organizational Result C4 – Increased production of fish and fish products from sustainable expansion and intensification of aquaculture
  • Organizational Result C5 – Operation of fisheries, including the use of vessels and fishing gear, is made safer, more technically and socio–economically efficient, environmentally-friendly and compliant with rules at all levels
  • Organizational Result C6 – More responsible post-harvest utilization and trade of fisheries and aquaculture products, including more predictable and harmonized market access requirements

The organizational results reflect the main priorities related to Strategic Objective C, as approved by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI). Although no major shifts have occurred in the fisheries and aquaculture programme, a number of activities have been accorded increased priority by COFI during the 2010-11 biennium: technical assistance for the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, in particular for small-scale fisheries; aquaculture production, particularly in Africa; ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture management; fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including capacity building in developing countries in the field of monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS); assistance to developing countries in post harvest and trade; and implementation of the strategy for statistics. Efforts continue to improve focus and prioritization of technical work under Strategic Objective C for 2012-13.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department increasingly seeks to contribute to most of the Strategic Objectives of the Organization and the two Functional Objectives. The Department already contributes to other Objectives as follows: Strategic Objective B ("Increased sustainable livestock production"), D ("Improved quality and safety of food at all stages of the food chain"), F ("Sustainable management of land, water and genetic resources and improved responses to global environmental challenges affecting food and agriculture"), H ("Improved food security and better nutrition") and I ("Improved preparedness for, and effective response to, food and agricultural threats and emergencies"), as well as to the two Functional Objectives, X ("Effective collaboration with Member States and stakeholders") and Y ("Efficient and effective administration").

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