General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Pilot project towards a harmonized legal framework for the conservation of Mediterranean living marine resources and ecosystems | GFCM-Lex

Fisheries and aquaculture legislation varies throughout the Mediterranean region and the information about it are scattered and hard to find. Usually, national legislations of GFCM CPCs have different formats and they are not available in other than national language. Furthermore, access to documentation on legislation can be very limited, particularly for those without any legal background and there is a lack of repositories/databases collecting information at the regional level on living marine resources and marine ecosystems. ​

There is a need for a transparent and user-friendly way of getting information about a country’s legislation regarding fisheries and aquaculture for fishers, practitioners, administrators, scientists, law specialists and any other person needing an easy access to such information. The GFCM Regional Repository (GFCM-Lex) will provide reliable information on the basis of relevant legal studies on living marine resources and marine ecosystems and binding recommendations adopted by the GFCM enriched by participation of fisheries stakeholders at national level. ​

IMPLEMENTATION AREA:
 

DURATION: 

Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2021

FOCUS COUNTRIES: 

Albania · Tunisia · Turkey

BENEFICIARIES

➜ Fishers

➜ Practitioners

➜ Policy-makers

➜ Students

➜ Researchers

➜ Scientists

➜ National administrators

➜ Non-governmental organizations

➜ Consumers

and any other relevant stakeholder eager to know more about the topic.

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide a single access point to national legislation on the conservation of marine living resources and ecosystems in the in the GFCM area of application;

  • Contribute to knowledge sharing, capacity building and human development in the field of conservation of marine living resources and ecosystems.

  • Promote a better understanding of existing linkages between the national legislation in place and binding recommendations adopted by the GFCM.
  • Offer a coherent approach to national legislation on the conservation of marine living resources and ecosystems through the identification of key areas:
    • Aquaculture-fisheries interactions
    • Access regimes to fisheries resources
    • Conservation and management
    • Monitoring, control and surveillance

 

 

 

 

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • GFCM-Lex: GFCM regional repository of national legislation: 
  • An electronic regional repository encompassing national legislation on the conservation of marine living resources and ecosystems in the GFCM area of application;
  • A tool to provide information on existing national legislation, foster knowledge and raise awareness among the general public;
  • A user-friendly, open-access, multilingual and collaborative platform aimed at empowering relevant stakeholders and supporting sustainable fishing practices.

 

English | Arabic

CONTACT

Project coordinator: General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean

All users are welcome to contribute to the content of GFCM-Lex by sending new legislations or suggestions to GFCM-Lex@gfcmonline.org. The GFCM Secretariat and the National Focal Points are ready to cooperate with researchers, associations, universities and any other relevant stakeholder interested on the project.  

To participate to the activities of the project at national level, please contact the national focal point :

 

With the financial support of MAVA :