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Uganda, 01-02 Dec 2009

 

The Regional Needs Assessment workshop for the Eastern African region of the ACP Fish II Programme took place in Kampala, Uganda, on 01 and 02 December 2009. In total, there were 24 participants in this workshop. 8 countries were represented: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Furthermore, 2 RFBs and 1 International Organisation participated: IOTC, LVFO, and FAO.

 

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 – one for marine fisheries and the other for inland fisheries and aquaculture. The groups have identified the areas where the main support by the Programme is needed and proposed the following main conclusions:

-     Policy and legislative area was stressed again during the discussions as the one needing support. It was agreed that the project could support review and re-drafting or drafting of framework legislation but that it was the responsibility of the national administrations to ensure legislation was passed;

-     Both in marine and inland fisheries management, capacity building was a key identified need;

-     Consider integration of ACP FISH II interventions with regional bodies, such as COMESA, which was reported to be in the process of developing a fisheries strategy;

-     Whilst recognising the funding limitations of the ACP Fish it was felt that supporting Fisheries Master Plans devising should be addressed by the Programme, as these Plans are critical to some of the countries in the region;

-     The importance of Public Private Partnerships was agreed and felt that it was something that could be supported by ACP Fish II.

-     Marine fisheries had specific needs identified but it would be necessary to define priorities;

-     The importance of involving international and national/regional TA in tasks was noted, as an important component of capacity building in the project should be to ensure that national and regional consultants/organizations, with a lot of experience in fisheries management in the region, are used in the process;

-     Training of Trainers methodology as well as the provision of direct training should be taken into consideration when training is conducted; comprehensive and long-lasting training modules and resource/information packs that provide a tool for participants and record the training needs, development, delivery and evaluation/impact of the intervention should accompany training activities under the Programme.