Objective and functions
The objective of the Commission for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPESCAALC) is to promote the sustainable development and management of inland fisheries and aquaculture, according to the norms and principles of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
COPESCAALC’s functions are:
COPESCAALC area of competence - Inland watersSpecies and stocks coverage All species in inland waters of member countries. Legal framework
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.
COPESCAL (now COPESCAALC) was established in 1976 by Resolution 4/70 of the FAO Council under Article VI-1 of the FAO Constitution. Its statutes were approved by the Council in Resolution 4/70 and its Rules of Procedures were adopted by the Commission at its First session in 1979. They were reviewed in 2008, and the modifications approved by the FAO Council in 2009.
The statutes are available in Spanish, English, and French here:COPESCAL - Statutes LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish. Members
Membership is open to all Member Nations and Associate Members of the FAO which are serviced by the Regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Eligible Member Nations and Associate Members shall notify the Director-General of the FAO of their desire to be considered as Members.
Current members: Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinat.State), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Boliv Rep of Venezuela.Structure
The main body is the Commission, which normally meets every two years. The Secretariat is provided by FAO. It is based at the Regional office for Latin America, and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. Its website is: http://www.rlc.fao.org/en/about-fao/statutory-bodies/commission-for-inland-fisheries-and-aquaculture-of-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-copescaalc/
COPESCAALC is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially.Publications
Alejandro Flores Nava
Senior Fisheries Officer FAORLC
FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC)
Casilla 10095, Santiago
FAO Representation Dag Hammarskjold 3241, Vitacura
Telephone: +56 2 2923-2170