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An EAF-Nansen Project Workshop in Benin.
The long term objective of the EAF-Nansen project is to strengthen regional and country specific efforts to reduce poverty and create conditions to assist in the achievement of food security through development of sustainable fisheries management regimes and specifically through the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries in a number of developing countries at global level, with an early emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa.

The long term objective would be achieved through the provision of support for the development and country driven application of the conceptual framework of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) through capacity-building, promoting standardized data collection and monitoring, supporting policy development and management practices consistent with EAF principles and contributing to an expanded knowledge base.

The Immediate Objectives of the project are to provide the fisheries research institutions and management administrations in the participating countries with additional knowledge on their ecosystems for their use in planning and monitoring, and to further the acceptance and application of the key principles of the EAF. The key principles are that:
  • fisheries should be managed to limit their impact on the ecosystem to an acceptable level;
  • ecological relationships between species should be maintained;
  • management measures should be compatible across the entire distribution of the resource;
  • precaution in decision-making and action is needed because the knowledge on ecosystems is incomplete; and that
  • governance should ensure both human and ecosystem well-being and equity.

The project document identifies a number of potential partners including:

  • Government institutions in partner countries;
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and globally, such as for the Benguela Current (BCLME), Guinea Current (GCLME), Canary Current (CCLME) and Agulhas and Somali Currents (AGSLME);
  • Other regional fisheries/ecosystem projects such as the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) and the Benguela Environment, Fisheries Interaction and Training (BENEFIT) project; and
  • other projects and programmes that are interested in collaborating on and/or contributing to one or more of the EAF-Nansen Project components.
DonorProject funding is provided by: Project Implementation structure FAO has the overall responsibility for the implementation of the EAF-Nansen Project, in close collaboration with IMR which is responsible for the operation of the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen and for providing scientific advice and technical inputs to the project.

Under institutional arrangement for the project, there is provision for a Regional Steering Committee for each of the four operational areas of the project, namely the Canary Current LME area, the Guinea Current LME area, the Benguela Current LME area and the Agulhas and Somali Currents LME area. There is also an Advisory Group constituted to give an independent direction to the project, and to play the role of a global “Steering Committee” (i.e. to assess the project progress and give advice to the project management to ensure effective implementation of the project). The Advisory Group looks across the regions and brings in experiences from outside the project area on EAF.

An Annual Forum is to meet once a year for progress reporting, dissemination of experiences, identification of best practices and discussion of strategies. Members of the Forum will be all project partners involved in implementation of EAF related projects and partner countries of these projects.

These arrangements are presented schematically below.

The two main languages of the project are: English and French


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