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pdf-nice.png Report of the 11th Session of the Conference of Ministers of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea

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pdf-nice.png Report of the 10th session Conference of Ministers of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea

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pdf-nice.png FCWC Pioneers - 10 years of existence

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pdf-nice.png Report of the 9th Session of the Conference of Ministers(CM)of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC)

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DECLARATIONS OF MINISTERS AND HEADS OF DELEGATIONS

Statements by Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Federal Republic of Nigeria were recorded by the ninth session of the Conference of Ministers. States have successively recalled the importance of the fisheries sector in their economies in terms of contribution to food security, fight against poverty and unemployment. They stressed the need to adopt common policies and strategies for sustainable management of shared resources and development of equitable intra-reginal fish trade. They expressed their deep gratitude to all development partners including FAO, EU, ADfB and World Bank for their regular support to FCWC through projects and programs of common interest. Finally, they encouraged the Secretary-General of the Committee for the work done and renewed their commitment to fulfil their obligations for the achievement of the Committee's objectives.


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pdf-nice.png 8th Ministerial Conf. - Terms of Reference for the West Africa Task Force to Stop Illegal Fishing

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pdf-nice.png 8th Ministerial Conf. - Recommendations for the Establishement and Operations of National Working Groups to Support the WATF

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pdf-nice.png 8th Ministerial Conf. - FCWC 2016 Work Plan Budget

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pdf-nice.png 8th Ministerial Conf. - 2016 Annual Report of the FCWC

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Over the year 2015, the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has carried forward several initiatives for fisheries governance notably support for the initiatives and actions of sub-regional and pan-African Institutions in consistency with the fisheries policy and rational exploitation of fishery resources in Africa. 

Strengthening the legal framework for the establishment of the FCWC through the followup to the signing of the headquarters agreement respectively by Ministers in charge of fisheries in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as support for facilitating the ratification of relevant international instruments for fisheries management by the FCWC Member States have been regularly provided. 


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pdf-nice.png 8th Ministerial Conference of FCWC - Final Report

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The 8th Conference of Ministers (CM) of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held in Accra, Ghana, at Tang Palace Hotel, from 09 to 11 December 2015.
Ministers responsible for fisheries and their representatives from five (05) member states of the FCWC were in attendance at the meeting: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Togo. The Minister of Nigeria was excused for absence.

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pdf-nice.png RECORD OF THE FCWC ADVISORY AND COORDINATING COMMITTEE (CCC)

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The meeting of the Advisory and Coordination Committee (CCC) of the Fishery Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held on 27 April 2015, at the Central Hotel Accra, GHANA.This meeting is part of the follow-up of the recommendations from the 7th session of the Conference of Ministers of the organization.

The participants at the meeting are the Directors of fisheries in the six (6) Member States of the FCWC or their representative.


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pdf-nice.png FINAL REPORT - REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED and UNREGULATED (IUU) FISHING, LOME 28-31 JULY 2014.

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In his opening remarks, Seraphin DEDI NADJE, the Secretary General of FCWC wished everyone a happy Eid and thanked the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Togo for his effective presence in the workshop reflecting the commitment of Togo to fisheries cooperation in FCWC space and beyond.Then he recalled the terms and conditions for the holding of the workshop, including the material,organizational and financial support provided respectively by the Governments of Ghana, Togo and the NEPAD Agency.

Mr. Dedi then pointed out the context in which is held the workshop marked on the one hand by the increase in IUU fishing in the sub-region, on the other hand by the measures taken internationally including by the European Union and FAO to combat IUU fishing.These measures may jeopardize export opportunities for FCWC countries if in return they do not take action to fight this scourge.The holding of this workshop focused on capacity building for inspection of ships in port and at sea, the sharing of political and legal instruments against IUU fishing is the will of FCWC to rise to IUU fishing challenge.



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pdf-nice.png LEGISLATING FOR AN ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO FISHERIES HOT

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LEGISLATING FOR AN ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO FISHERIESAlthough the need for a shift towards an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) has reached a point of general acceptance by those involved in fisheries management, there is still a need for guidance on how to apply the EAF in practice. The objective of this study has been to provide the countries participating in the Nansen Project with information on the practical adoption and application of the EAF from a legal perspective, in particular by providing guidance on how to implement the EAF in national legislation. The first part of the study reviews available international and regional instruments relevant to the EAF, and highlights the EAF-related principles and concepts that are contained in these instruments. The second part of the study describes how these EAF-related principles and concepts can be implemented in national legislation through identification of the legal and institutional mechanisms and management measures that can support such implementation. This is followed by an assessment of how, and to what extent, selected countries participating in the Nansen Project have legislated for EAF at the national level, focusing on both fisheries legislation and other legal frameworks relevant to the EAF. The study is concluded by a synthesis of some of the trends in national EAF implementation in the participating countries.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF FCWC FIFTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE HOT

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REPORT OF FCWC FIFTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE Lomé, Togo,1. The fifth Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) took place in Lomé, Togo, on 14 December 2012, following the meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) and the round table for the technical and financial partners, held from 12 to 13 December 2012.
2. Ministers from five of the six member Countries namely the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Ghana, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Togo attended the Meeting. The Republic of Liberia was not represented at the meeting.



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pdf-nice.png STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME 2011-2020 HOT

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FCWC STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME 2011-2020The six strategic objectives set by the strategic plan of Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) put the Member States before their collective and international responsibilities. The FCWC shall work more for the conservation and management of fish stocks that fall within its area of jurisdiction while promoting cooperation between States and multilateral action for sustainable fisheries.
Moreover, the FCWC shall face challenges and tackle the crucial issues of the elimination of the Illegal, unreported and unregulated Fishing (IUU fishing), the reconciliation of the sustainable management of fishing with the alleviation of poverty of the populations whose livelihoods depend on fisheries resources, the communication of more reliable data and infioramation on the preparation for adaptation to climate change while the phenomenon is not well understood, at least at the level of West Africa.



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pdf-nice.png FCWC STRATEGIC PLAN 2011-2020 SUMMURY HOT

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FCWC STRATEGIC PLAN 2011-2020 SUMMURY1. The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is an intergovernmental organization established by Convention signed on 7 November 2007 at Cotonou, Benin. Signatories to the Convention, Members of the Committee are: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo.
2. The purpose of the Fisheries Committee (FCWC) is to promote cooperation among the Contracting Parties with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilization of the living marine resources covered by the Convention and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such resources.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE FOURTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF THE FCWC HOT

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REPORT OF THE FOURTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE Abuja, Nigeria, 10 December 20101. The fourth Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) took place in Abuja, Nigeria, on 10 December 2010, following the meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) held from 8 to 9 December, 2010.
2. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, The Deputy Minister for Fisheries of the Republic of Ghana, the Deputy Minister for Fisheries of the Republic of Liberia and Honourable Minister of agriculture, Livestock and fishery of the Republic of Togo attended the Meeting. Due to technical problems, the Ministers of the Republic of Benin and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire were unable to attend the meeting.



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pdf-nice.png FISH TRADE AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN AFRICA HOT

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fish trade_and poverty alleviation in Africa Two opposing views exist in the literature on the potential role that international fish trade plays in economic development. While some claim that fish trade has a pro-poor effect, others denounce the negative effect of fish export on local populations’ food security and doubt its contributions to the macro-economy. In this paper, we explore this debate in sub-Saharan Africa. Our analysis did not find any evidence of direct negative impact of fish trade on food security; neither did it find evidence that international fish trade generates positive, pro-poor outcomes. This paper discusses the possible reasons for this apparent lack of development impact and highlights the unsupported assumptions underlying the current discourse about international fish trade. 



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE SECOND MEETING OF FCWC AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON IMPROVEMENT IN FISHERIES STATISTICS HOT

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Report of the second meeting of FCWC Ad hoc Working Group on  improvement in Fisheries Statistics This report presents the results of the second meeting of the FCWC Ad hoc working group for improving the fisheries statistics in the region held in Cotonou (Benin), from 12 to 14 May 2010. The Workshop was organized jointly by the Fisheries Committee West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and FAO through its FishCode-STF Project. Five participants from member states of the West Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Commission (Ghana, Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria) attended the meeting. Overall objective of the workshop was to:
- Overview on FAO/FishCode STF activities in the FCWC
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- harmonize the methods and data to be collected in the sub region
- Develop of FCWC workplan for 2010-2011.



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pdf-nice.png FIRST MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING OF FCWC HOT

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FIRST MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE FIGHT AGAINST Illegal,  Unreported and Unregulated fishing OF FCWC1. The first meeting of the working group on the fight against illegal, Unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of the fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held in Accra Ghana, from 28 to 30 April 2010. It was part of the implementation of the Committee 2010 annual work plan and follow-up to the adoption of the regional plan and the Ministerial Declaration to fight IUU fishing, declaration made at the third Conference of FCWCMinisters, in December 2009.
2. FCWC National Experts from six member countries: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo attended this workshop.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE FCWC ADHOC WORKING GROUP FOR IMPROVING INFORMATION STATUS AND TRENDS OF FISHERIES. HOT

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Report of the first meeting of the FCWC Adhoc working group for  improving information on status and trends of fisheriesThis report presents the results of the first meeting of the FCWC Adhoc working group for improving information on status and trends of fisheries held in Accra (Ghana), 25 – 27 August 2009. The Workshop was organized jointly by the Fisheries Committee West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and FAO through its FishCode-STF Project. Five participants from member states of the West Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Commission (Ghana, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Liberia) attended the meeting. Overall objective of the workshop was : i) Formally establish the FCWC Adhoc working group for improving information on status and trends of fisheries, ii) Prepare a work programme for 2009-2010.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE ADVISORY AND COORDINATING COMMITTEE (ACC) HOT

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REPORTOF THE FOURTH MEETINGOF THE ADVISORYANDCOORDINATINGCOMMITTEE (ACC)1. The meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held in Accra, Ghana, on 16 and 17 December 2009, ahead ofthe third Session ofthe Ministerial Conference scheduled on Friday 18December 2009.
2. Delegates from five of the six member countries took part in the meeting: the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Ghana, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Togo. The representative ofthe Republic of Liberia was unable to attend themeeting.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE HOT

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REPORT OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE1. The third Session of the Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was held in Accra, Ghana on 18 December 2009 following the fourth meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) held on 16 and 17 December 2009.
2. The Minister of Animal Production and Fisheries Resources of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Deputy Minister in charge of Fisheries of the Republic of Ghana and representatives of the Ministers responsible for Fisheries of the Republic of Benin, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Togo attended the meeting. The Republic of Liberia was unable to attend this session.



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pdf-nice.png FAO FISHCODE-STF/CECAF/FCWC SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF FISHERY INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS IN THE WEST CENTRAL GULF OF GUINEA REGION HOT

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FAO FISHCODE-STF/CECAF/FCWC SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF FISHERY INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS IN THE WEST CENTRAL GULF OF GUINEA REGION This document is the main volume of the FAO FishCode-STF/CECAF/FCWC Subregional Workshop on the Improvement of Fishery Information and Data Collection Systems in the West Central Gulf of Guinea Region held in Accra, Ghana, from 26 to 28 June 2007. Major topics were:
a) existing fishery information and data collection systems in the region;
b) issues related to fishery information and data collection with regard to both industrial fisheries and small-scale fisheries;
c) the way to improve the quality of fishery information and data;
d) national knowledge and experiences in designing and developing the fishery information and data collection systems among participating countries.
The national inventories of fisheries data collection systems, prepared for the workshop are presented in a supplement to this report.



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pdf-nice.png FAO FISHCODE-STF/CECAF/FCWC SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF FISHERY INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS IN THE WEST CENTRAL GULF OF GUINEA REGION HOT

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FAO FISHCODE-STF/CECAF/FCWC SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF FISHERY INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS IN THE WEST CENTRAL GULF OF GUINEA REGION (vol. 2)This document is the main volume of the FAO FishCode-STF/CECAF/FCWC Subregional Workshop on the Improvement of Fishery Information and Data Collection Systems (Vol. 2) in the West Central Gulf of Guinea Region held in Accra, Ghana, from 26 to 28 June 2007. Major topics were:
a) existing fishery information and data collection systems in the region;
b) issues related to fishery information and data collection with regard to both industrial fisheries and small-scale fisheries;
c) the way to improve the quality of fishery information and data;
d) national knowledge and experiences in designing and developing the fishery information and data collection systems among participating countries.
The national inventories of fisheries data collection systems, prepared for the workshop are presented in a supplement to this report.



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pdf-nice.png REPORT OF THE SECOND MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE HOT

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REPORT OF THE SECOND MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE1. The Second Ministerial Conference of the Fishery Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) took place in Abidjan‐Côte d’Ivoire, on 19 December 2008, following the Meeting of the Advisory and Coordinating Committee (ACC) held on 17 and 18 December 2008.
2. The Minister of Animal Production and Fisheries Resources (MIPARH) of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and representatives of Ministers in charge of Fisheries of the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Togo attended the session. Due to technical problems, the delegates of the Republic of Liberia and the Federal Republic of Nigeria were unable to attend the meeting.



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