EAF-Nansen Programme

The EAF-Nansen Programme "Supporting the Application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management considering Climate and Pollution Impacts" is an initiative to support the implementation of the ecosystem approach in the management of marine fisheries. The aim is to promote sustainable utilization of marine living resources and improved protection of the marine environment. The program is executed by FAO in close collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway and funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Areas of work


In partnership with research institutions in partner countries and regions, provide the knowledge base for the sustainable management of fisheries in the face of increasing fishing pressure, climate variability and change, pollution and other anthropogenic stressors

Fisheries management

Supporting fisheries management institutions in partner countries and regions to improve fisheries policy and management in line with an ecosystem approach to fisheries, including taking into consideration the risks and opportunities related to climate and other environmental variability and change

Capacity development

Developing institutional and human capacity for fisheries research and management, including the promotion of gender equality and effective participation of women in all programme activities

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Field projects

For more than 40 years, the Nansen Programme has been providing an opportunity for coastal developing countries to assess and manage their fisheries for a sustainable use of the oceans, thanks to the research vessels named Dr Fridtjof Nansen.

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