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:
The project document identifies a number of potential partners including:
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