Objectives - LAPE project
The medium-term objective of the project was to enable fishery institutions in the region to carry out improved assessments and monitoring of the status of the pelagic resources and fisheries and the ecosystem of which they form a part, for continuous adaptation and improvement of optimum management strategies.
This project was one of several broad, encompassing EAF projects undertaken by FAO globally. During the assessment of ecosystem issues within the Project, a number of the important issues which emerged highlighted the need to encompass the human dimension through participatory processes, co-management and capacity building activities to ensure fishers are seen as integral actors in the ecosystem. This project also reflects the emergence of a general recognition that conventional (target-species oriented) fisheries management has not been adequate for conservation of ecosystems as a whole. However it is also recognized that many conventional management practices are consistent with and form a part of an ecosystem approach.