GSA - Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture

The Second Expert Consultation on the Development of the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture (GSA)

Virtual Meeting, 18–22 October 2021

15/10/2021

The Second Expert Consultation on the development of the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture (GSA) is part of a consultative process started in October 2017 with the recommendations of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI-SCA) to develop a practical guidance to support government authorities and policy-makers in their efforts of promoting the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and enabling aquaculture to effectively participate in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The recommendations were based on the recognition of the increasing importance of aquaculture for food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, job creation and income generation, and its potential to meet the growing global demand for fish. These considerations have highlighted the urgent need for implementing best practices in aquaculture worldwide in a sustainable manner.

A First Expert Consultation for the development of the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture was held in Rome from 17 to 20 June 2019. The consultation identified a methodology and criteria to analyze aquaculture experiences worldwide, a first list of key chapters and thematic modules of the GSA and a roadmap on following steps.

To ensure a broader participation of Members, FAO organized seven regional consultations from 2019 to 2021. The consultations were held for Africa (29–30 November 2019), Asia (30 November–2 December 2020), Latin America (09–11 December 2020), Pacific and Caribbean (23–25 February 2021), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (29–31 March 2021), Near East and North Africa (6–8 April 2021), and Europe and North America (27–29 April 2021), to identify priorities and determine relevant GSA modules in the regions.

As a result of this process, the structure of the GSA has been refined and a second knowledge product has been put in the pipeline. In fact, besides the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture as an FAO normative instrument, a Guidance for transforming aquaculture to achieve the SDGs will be produced. The Guidance is meant to be a technical tool that will be updated as science, technology and practices evolve.

The Second Expert Consultation will bring together experts from different fields and countries to review, discuss, update and finalize the first drafts of the Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture and of the Guidance for transforming aquaculture to achieve the SDGs. The consultation aims to definefinal drafts to be presented at the eleventh session of the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture to be held in Mérida, Mexico, for information and advice.

The event, organized by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) will take place in virtual mode, from 18 to 21 October 2021, 15:00– 18:00 and on 22 October 2021, 15:00–17:00 (Rome Time).

FAO acknowledges the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of the Republic of Korea for supporting GSA activities, and the kind assistance of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway for the first steps of scoping and development work of the GSA.

For more details please contact:
GSA Secretariat: [email protected]