General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM


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Monday, 10 June 2019 – Pre-conference events

WORKSHOPS* (9:30 – 17:00 hours)
Advancing social development for the future of small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

  • Organized by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, in collaboration with the GFCM

  • This workshop shared relevant information on social protection and identified concrete actions at the regional and national level to contribute to the implementation of the RPOA-SSF in relation to social development (decent work, social protection, gender and youth employment)

  • Concept note

SIDE EVENT (12:45 – 14:00 hours)
Aquaculture under a blue economy perspective


*In parallel on 10 June, WWF held a workshop on “Science to action: embracing scientific research, fisheries and marine conservation through ecosystem-based planning”. All organizational aspects of this workshop were managed directly by WWF. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Special sessions: taking stock of advances in MedFish4Ever initiatives

  • Joining efforts towards enhanced fisheries management in the GFCM area of application

  • The key role of international cooperation for the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

  • Sustainable aquaculture: recent challenges and prospective development

Special conference on social development and decent work: reducing vulnerabilities of small-scale fishing communities

  • Social protection: challenges, best practices and the way forward

  • Ensuring decent work: improving working conditions and addressing fisher needs

  • Enhancing the blue economy in coastal communities through sustainable management, inclusive value chain development and livelihood diversification

Special event by the host country: Implementing the Blue Belt Initiative in the Mediterranean

Official reception celebrating the International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

High-level conference

  • Advances since the adoption of the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration

  • Countries and organizations were invited to announce commitments, in the form of concrete actions and/or investments, towards reaching the targets set by the Declaration.