Developing capacity in the ecosystems approach to fisheries management (EAFM)


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Developing capacity in the ecosystems approach to fisheries management (EAFM)

  1. 1. Essential EAFM Developing capacity in the ecosystems approach to fisheries management (EAFM)
  2. 2. For fisheries management to be effective
  3. 3. it’s not enough for fisheries managers
  4. 4. to consider any target species in isolation.
  5. 5. An ecosystems approach which includes
  6. 6. ecological
  7. 7. human
  8. 8. economic
  9. 9. and governance dimensions
  10. 10. offers a far greater chance of developing realistic
  11. 11. and sustainable management plans.
  12. 12. Support for an ecosystem approach to fisheries management has long been in place
  13. 13. through a range of global declarations, policy instruments and organizations.
  14. 14. Recognition also exists at the national and regional levels
  15. 15. that the ecosystem approach offers the most practical and effective way to manage complex fisheries.
  16. 16. However, progress in developing ecosystem-based management plans has been slow.
  17. 17. Fisheries staff lack experience in how to implement this integrated and holistic approach.
  18. 18. Decentralization also leaves local units needing to develop management plans that not only work locally
  19. 19. but also fit into broader fishery and ecosystem strategies.
  20. 20. Essential EAFM The Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management training course has been designed to address these capacity development needs.
  21. 21. Essential EAFM has been developed by a number of partners
  22. 22. The course focuses on the development of professional planning, analytical and interpersonal skills
  23. 23. needed for better structured and more informed fisheries management.
  24. 24. These skills will help lead to fisheries management plans that are more ecologically sound
  25. 25. and account for human needs while at the same time promoting good governance.
  26. 26. that fully engages all participants. Essential EAFM is delivered in a highly interactive manner
  27. 27. The course targets mid-level managers and staff working with
  28. 28. fisheries, environment, economic development and planning departments.
  29. 29. for the next generation of fisheries managers. It is equally valuable
  30. 30. By the end of the course trainees will have a firm understanding of how and why EAFM can be used to sustainably manage fisheries.
  31. 31. They will also have hands-on experience of the steps needed to develop realistic fishery management plans
  32. 32. that work in complex local situations.
  33. 33. A complete set of Essential EAFM course materials has been developed and is available free of charge.
  34. 34. Relevant organizations are encouraged to use, translate and adapt these materials.
  35. 35. Essential EAFM For more information on Essential EAFM or to download all materials please see or contact:
  36. 36. Essential EAFM is a collaboration between: May 2014