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Strategic Partnership for Fisheries in Africa Dr. Demba Yeum Kane Regional Coordinator West Africa Regional Fisheries Program

First Regional Workshop for GEF IW Projects in Africa Grahamstown, South Africa , April 2-4, 2012 ,

The Strategic partnership for Fisheries in Africa  The Strategic partnership for Fisheries in Africa includes 2 parts: 1. Investment Fund of 60 millions USD in GEF grants: 

Investing in countries in Africa to support reforms towards more sustainable fisheries (WARFP)

Investments must be co-financed at 3 to 1:i.e 3 USD from World Bank or others donors for every 1 USD from GEF

2. Strategic Partnership of key stakeholders (1 million USD):    


West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) Program objective:  To sustainably increase the overall wealth generated by the exploitation of the marine fisheries resources of West Africa and the proportion of that wealth captured by WA countries Expected Outcomes:  Strengthen good governance in sustainable fisheries management  Reduce illegal fishing  Increase local value added from fish resources




Cape Verde



G. Bissau








Sierra Leone





 Project time frame: 5 yrs (2010 – 2014) with a 2nd 5-year phase subsequently possible

Key Results of WARFP  Good Governance for sustainble Fisheries Management  Regulatory frameworks for the fisheries sector have been developed.  Co-Management Associations (CMA) for managing local fisheries have been established as a prelude to the allocation of fishing rights territories  Vessel registries in artisanal fisheries have been established.  Revised fisheries regulations that are consistent with international laws on illegal fishing has been passed into law.  Reduction of fishing vessels is underway

 Transparency in the Fisheries Sector  Transparent industrial fishing licensing procedures has been put in place;  Network of journalists has been established  Establishment of a Dashboard for accessibility of fisheries information is underway  Publication of list of licensed fishing vessels and revenue generated

 Exchange of knowledge  A study tour to Co-management fishing communities in Senegal

 Regional Collaboration to combat IUU (Liberia and Sierra Leone)

Challenges and Constraints  Challenges and Constraints •

The concept of TURF is new and difficult to implement in the artisanal fisheries

Reduction of fishing capacity in some countries is politically sensitive

Most fishing communities are reluctant to move from bad fishing practices

 Priority Capacity building needs •

Training of Fisheries managers and fisheries research scientists

Strengthening the POs capacities (study tours;best practices)

Summary  The Warfp has gained some achievement in the governance of the fisheries in West Africa, there is more room for success if the following are met: – Capacity building in fisheries sector reform – Regional effort in information and knowledge transfer through trainings and study tours on successful best practices in fisheries management – Political will in reforming fisheries good governance and reducing illegal fishing

Thank you for your attention

Dr. Demba Yeum Kane Coordonnateur régional Programme Régional des pêches de Afrique de l'Ouest (PRAO)

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