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To facilitate the implementation of the EAF-Nansen project in the participating countries, and particularly as regards in-country activities, a National Task Group (NTG) has been established in each participating country. The work of the NTG will include facilitating consultation process among relevant stakeholders towards the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF). The NTG works under the authority of the Fisheries Directorate or relevant national fisheries management agency.

The National Task Group is composed of representatives of the fisheries administration and research institutions, and selected stakeholders so as to provide coverage of the major fishery types and interests,and ensure ownership.

The National Task Group (NTG) is responsible for the overall coordination of the EAF-Nansen project in each country and reports to the Head of the national fisheries management agency and the EAF-Nansen Project Coordinator based at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The national consultation process with relevant stakeholders is to ensure that stakeholder opinions are reflected in the work of the task group and in the results of the project. Among others, NTG members are expected to meet with relevant stakeholders to identify and prioritise fisheries management issues requiring attention within the national marine fisheries sector and recommend appropriate institutional arrangements for successful implementation of the EAF.


EAF Nansen National Task Groups

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The EAF-Nansen project collaborates with 32 coastal countries in Africa. Twenty two of them have formally set up a National Task Group. The details of the National Task Groups and information on the on-going EAF activities in each country can be found by clicking in the map below.

The initial work of each NTG was to present a concept note highlighting the fisheries management framework and processes and the priority issues in fisheries. In some of the participating countries a set of common priority issues in fisheries were identified, and country clusters have been organised on that basis. Considering the interest of those countries to work together to address the issues, small sub-regional EAF projects have been developed to strengthen the collaboration and provide the level of cooperation required for the sound management of the fisheries sector. The results achieved and lessons learned from the implementation of the projects will be documented and shared with all participating countries and potential partners for possible replication in other countries both within and outside Africa.

Seven projects involving 13 countries are currently supported technically and financially by the EAF-Nansen project. The projects started in September 2010 and information on these can be found in the Small In-Country EAF Projects page. With the commencement of GEF-funded Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project (Protection of Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem), it is envisaged additional small Baby EAF projects will be started to support the 7 countries of the CCLME area (Morocco, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau).

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