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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Through the EAF-Nansen Programme, partner countries in Africa receive technical assistance for the execution of the field projects. These include: supporting the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries for the management of shared sardinella stocks in northwest Africa, supporting the implementation of EAF management plans for beach seine fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea, and supporting the implementation of the small and medium size pelagic fisheries management plan in mainland United Republic of Tanzania.