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.FunctionsThe 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. Organizations involvedMembership 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, Republic of 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 (former), Swaziland, United Rep. of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.StructurePrincipal bodyThe 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.Subsidiary BodiesThe Committee may establish subsidiary bodies as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions and subject to available funds. There is currently one such body:
CIFAA is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially. Legal frameworkThe 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.
ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/cifa/cifa_statutes.pdf Activities and meetingsThe priorities identified for the current biennium are:
Sub Committee sessions
CIFA - Sub-Committee for lake Tanganyika (10th Session)
Oct 20-24, 2003
CIFA - Sub-Committee for Lake Tanganyika - 9th Session
Nov 27-30, 2001
CIFA - Sub-Committee for the Protection and Development of the Fisheries in the Sahelian ...
Jul 03-06, 2000
CIFA - Sub-Committee for Lake Tanganyika - 8th Session
May 18-21, 1999
CIFA - Working Party on Pollution and Fisheries - 6th Session
Dec 16-19, 1997