MissionObjectiveThe main objective of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) is to promote the development of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.Functions
The terms of reference of the Committee are:
CIFAA area of competence - Inland watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll species in inland waters of member countries. LanguagesEnglish, French. MembersMembership is open to all African member nations and Associate Members of the FAO selected by the Director General of the Organization on their basis of their active interest in inland fishery development in Africa and of their potential contribution to the effective discharge of the functions of the Committee.
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
Current membership: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, United Rep. of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.Structure
The governing body of CIFAA is the Committee. It normally holds its sessions at intervals of two years. Decisions of the Committee are taken by a majority of votes cast, unless otherwise decided.
The Secretariat is provided by the FAO Regional Office for Africa. It is based in, Accra, Ghana.Legal framework
The Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) was established by the FAO Council in 1971 under Article VI-2 of the FAO Constitution. Statutes were amended in 1973 and 1975.
The Rules of procedures were adopted at the First Session of the Committee in Fort-Lamy, Chad, in 1972 and further amended at its Third and the Fifth Session in 1977 and 1983.
Both the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure are available here:
Reports(Note: lists include multilingual documents)
Technical Papers(Note: lists include multilingual documents)
Non Serial Documents(Note: lists include multilingual documents)
Dr. Gail Lugten
Secretary of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats’ Network
Telephone: +39 06 57054332
Fax: +39 06 57056500