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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.



Nansis Training of Trainers course held in Casablanca, Morocco

A Training of Trainers course on Nansis (Nansen Survey Information System), a database with accompanied software for logging, editing, storing, and retrieving of biological and environmental data from marine research surveys, was organized by the EAF-Nansen project in Casablanca, Morocco, from 27 to 31 October 2014. The training was supported by two instructors from Norwegian Institute of Marine Research in Bergen.

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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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Norway and FAO to launch state-of-the-art research vessel

Norway is to build one of the most advanced research vessels in the world as part of an ongoing project with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support developing countries improve the management of their fisheries.

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