FAO workshop on crises in Africa

The workshop will look at climate change, disasters and crises in Southern and Eastern Africa. Photo: Chris Williams/Marine Photobank The workshop will look at climate change, disasters and crises in Southern and Eastern Africa. Photo: Chris Williams/Marine Photobank

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), a technical body of African Union, are jointly organising a regional workshop to look at the roles of fisheries in Africa from 22 to 24 April 2013.

Thw workshop will come under the auspices of the NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme (NFFP) and the Smartfish Programme. Industry specialists will gather to discuss climate change, disasters and crises in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Southern and Eastern Africa.

Its aim is to establish the current baseline for the integration of climate change adaption and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture activated and policies.

The FAO hopes the workshop will strengthen the understanding the impacts of climate change and disaster on fisheries in Southern and Eastern Africa, provide an overview of the current status of regional and national priorities of relevant past, ongoing and planned initiatives, present best practice examples and lessons learned and identify gaps and prioritise actions to be supported by the NFFP and other partners.

Participants in the workshop will include fisheries and aquaculture managers from relevant national and regional institutions and networks, representatives from regional economic communities (RECs), regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), lake and river basin authorities and large marine ecosystem (LME) programmes.

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