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The EAF-Nansen Project “Strengthening the Knowledge Base for and Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries” (GCP/INT/003/NOR) 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.

Notionally, the project started in December 2006 but substantively from early 2008 and has a five-year time frame. The project 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).

The EAF-Nansen Project is set 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. The initial focus of the project is on Sub-Saharan Africa.

The project is a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related to eradication of poverty and hunger while simultaneously ensuring environmental sustainability.



Side event “Aboard the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen: A month-long research voyage in the deep seas off South West Africa”

On 19 February 2015, on the occasion of the Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”, a side event was jointly organized by the EAF-Nansen Project and the FAO Deep-sea Programme.

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Follow us in the SEAFO Cruise!

The R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will conduct a scientific survey in the deep seas of the South Atlantic Fisheries Organization (SEAFO) convention area. The vessel left Cape Town, South Africa on 20 January 2015 and will arrive in Walvis Bay, Namibia after one month. On the occasion of the cruise, a blog has been created to follow the research activities and life onboard.The blog will constantly keep us informed on this research voyage along the African coasts and deep seas. Join us onboard the vessel!

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Signing of Addendum 7 to the EAF-Nansen Project Agreement

The Tripartite Agreement for the EAF-Nansen Project was signed by Mr Einar Telnes, Director of the Department of Climate, Energy and Environment of Norad, Dr Gabriella Bianchi, Senior Fishery Resource Officer of FAO's Marine and Inland Fisheries Service, and Mr. Åsmund Bjordal, Director of the Center for Development Cooperation in Fisheries at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR).

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