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Senegal, 20-21 Oct 2009


The Regional Needs Assessment workshop for the Western African region of the ACP Fish II Programme took place in Dakar, Senegal, on 20 and 21 October 2009. In total, there were 24 participants in this workshop. 13 countries were represented: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Furthermore, 2 RFBs participated: FCWC and SRFC.

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]. For photos from the workshop, please click on the link on the left hand menu.

The workshop was split into two working groups that identified the areas where the main support by the Programme is needed – the devising/updating of policy and management/enforcement instruments, related legal frameworks and capacity building of fisheries institutions – according to the nature of instruments the Programme can provide.


The main conclusions of the working groups, in terms of Programme support, were:



  1. Support to the development of instruments for fisheries policy and management and public awareness of those instruments.
  2. Capacity building  and training of national institutions in charge of fisheries policy and research.
  3. Assessment and updating of legal frameworks for fisheries policies, management and enforcement.



  1. Support to the development of a cooperation strategy at regional and international organisations level.
  2. Support to national and regional fishing vessels registration systems.
  3. Support to the management of shared and straddling stocks.
  4. Support to regional strategy and action plan for IUU fishing.



  1. Capacity building for fisheries administrations and training of inspectors.
  2. Support the development of control and surveillance plans.
  3. Support to the development of VMS.
  4. Support to creation and training of co-management/surveillance committees, mainly in inland fisheries.