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Belize, 27-28 Oct 2009

 

The Regional Needs Assessment workshop for the Caribbean region of the ACP Fish II Programme took place in Belize City, Belize, on 27 and 28 October 2009. In total, there were 19 participants in this workshop. 10 countries were represented: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Sta. Lucia. Furthermore, the RFB CRFM participated.

 

A summary of the workshop's main conclusions can be found below. For the full report of the workshop, please click here [Workshop Report in English].

 

There is, in the region, a common regional fisheries policy, already drafted and needing to be finalised, that is endorsed, in principle, by all countries. The main support by the Programme, in Component 1, will be to support the finalisation of the common fisheries draft and to support the devising/updating of some national policies and management plans. Therefore, the workshop held all discussions in plenary session and discussed the Programme support, according to the existing Medium Term Plans 1 and (2004-2008; 2008-2011).These plans are the consensus of Member States priorities reflected in nine areas for implementation support. The Programme Components and available instruments should therefore be requested under the framework of those priorities.

 

The nine areas are:

  • Research and data analysis for policy formulation and decision-making.
  • Preparation for global competitiveness.
  • Resource assessment and management.
  • Human resource development and institutional strengthening.
  • Strengthening of fisher’s Organizations and improved community participation.
  • Promotion of expansion and utilization of un-utilized aquatic resources.
  • Development and promotion of aquaculture.
  • Development and promotion of risk reduction programmes for fishers.
  • Development and promotion of programs for conflict resolution among multi-users in coastal zones.