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Study on the prospects for opportunities linked to the creation of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port complex within the Union of the Comoros and preliminary identification of the possible options

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Comoros
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    Direction Générale des Ressources halieutiques
  • Years:

    from 2019 to 2019
  • Project description :

    The objective of this study is:

    • To study the prospects and the opportunities of the creation of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port on the economic, and political plan by integrating the other related activities (tourism, transport…) in the Union of the Comoros;
    • Study and identify the conditions necessary for the creation of an environment favorable to the establishment of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port structure;
    • Study and take into account aspects related to the future development of the potential of the blue economy at regional and national level, in particular:
      • Tourism
      • Transport
      • Energy
      • Maritime security
    • The development of the blue economy in the Comoros will also take into account gender equality (an aspect very much supported by the new constitution of the Union of the Comoros), food security, poverty reduction, preservation of resources and job creation;
    • To study the economic and social feasibility of the construction and operation in the Union of the Comoros, of a port complex dedicated mainly to industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing in the current context.
    • Provide indicative information on the architecture and estimated costs of the possible options.

    This study takes place around 4 tasks: study of perspectives and opportunities; Identification of conditions and prerequisites for the construction of a port infrastructure; organizational structure and management; economic outlook assessment.

Evaluation of mangrove restoration and conservation projects in the Saloum Delta and in Casamance for their capitalization as part of the creation of new marine protected areas

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaSenegalWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Marine environment
  • Customer :

    Ministry of environment and sustainable development
  • Years:

    from 2016 to 2016
  • Project description :

    The main objective of this study was to produce project documents to strengthen existing marine protected areas (MPAs) (focusing mainly on community-based MPAs) and define priorities in terms of protective measures for all vulnerable mangrove areas towards the creation of MPAs for the long-term sustainability of goods and services they provide. The activities were aimed at:

    • Propose strengthening measures of MEDD actions at central and local level to sustain existing MPAs especially in terms of regulation, operation and governance framework of the MPA, legal and tax aspects, scientific monitoring from the reference status to the valuation of acquired outputs, MEDD communication;
    • Define the needs and means of strengthening communities in their involvement in MPA management: support for the implementation of the means of governance of MPAs, management training;
    • Define an investment program in terms of support for the operation of MPAs, focused on the sustainability of existing structures: means of surveillance, security or promotion of tourism and economic development;
    • Inventory mangrove restoration activities in Senegal noting the achievements and constraints;
    • Develop a methodological guide of good practices for restoration and conservation of mangroves in Senegal from lessons learned of previous experiences;
    • Identify community initiatives of mangrove management to be set up as community MPA, proposing a roadmap for the implementation of the methodological guide;
    • Identifying map data on mangrove areas in Senegal;
    • Study the technical feasibility (ecological environmental and legal relevance) and social acceptability of an MPA creation program around the conservation and restoration sites of mangroves in defining the appropriate governance and management options: establish baseline, provide an organisational and management system (governance), identify areas of interest for strengthening the network of MPAs, suggest an appropriate institutional anchor model, identify opportunities for cooperation for the management of new MPAs, analyse the needs in equipment and infrastructure;
    • Propose accompanying measures necessary in terms of capacity building, communication, forest benefits, job creation;
    • Estimate the cost of their implementation and define a financing plan;
    • Develop manual of ecological monitoring of MPAs;
    • Propose a time and a timeline for implementation of the activities selected.

Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Guinea-Bissau

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaGuinea BissauWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Comission
  • Years:

    from 2016 to 2016
  • Project description :

    This specific contract (No. 17) is part of the framework contract MARE / 2011/01 Lot 3 – retrospective and prospective evaluations of the international dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The objective of this specific contract is to provide to the European Commission represented by its Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), an evaluation of the current multi-species protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) between the EU and Guinea-Bissau by evaluating its performance based on salient criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, economy, relevance, consistency, value added and acceptability. This assessment provided also to the Commission with data and technical analysis of the context for the preparation of a possible negotiation of a new protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the EU and Guinea-Bissau. The Commission considers this assessment as a tool to improve the quality and coherence of the policy development process.

    The evaluation report is available on the website of DG MARE. The report is in French with summaries in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Services provided by the Consortium: analysis of the fishing industry in Guinea-Bissau (importance of the fisheries sector in the national economy, volume and quality of aid to the sector provided by technical and financial partners, analysis of catches, landings and the downstream sector (processing and trade) – including the value of the products in the supply chain, review of the strengths and weaknesses of fisheries governance and legislation, analysis of fishing access arrangements, ex post evaluation of the protocol to the EU FPA (including its economic effects on the EU and third country stakeholders), ex ante evaluation of a possible conclusion of a future Protocol to the FPA.

Technical Assistance to AU-IBAR on Fisheries Governance

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Countries members of the Africa UnionKenya
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    EU delagation in Kenya
  • Years:

    from 2015 to 2018
  • Project description :

    The technical Advisor in Fisheries and Aquaculture is undertaking activities in the following eleven task areas:

    • Support AU-IBAR in identifying and implementing innovative options/approaches for fisheries management and aquaculture development;
    • Advise AU-IBAR fisheries and aquaculture programmes on synergizing implementation and activities and development of complementarities with similar initiatives at regional and continent levels;
    • Provide technical advice to foster institutional capacity building of African Union member states (AU MS) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) for sustainable fisheries management, including support to effective combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, implementation of scientific-based fisheries management practices, aquaculture development, capacity development for expanded market opportunities at regional and international levels;
    • Bring into fisheries and aquaculture project management and implementation framework by AU-IBAR international perspective for appropriate reform of African fisheries and aquaculture through articulation of international best practices for effective delivery of AU-IBAR fisheries programmes objectives;
    • Advise on capacity building for strengthening the effective participation of AU MS in international fisheries and aquaculture and related forums for increased benefits from fish resource endowments on sustainable basis;
    • Provide technical inputs towards jumpstarting sustainable commercial aquaculture development on the continent and enhancing effective stakeholders participation in fisheries and aquaculture;
    • Support project identification and development in fisheries and aquaculture by AU-IBAR and provide technical support for implementation of fisheries and aquaculture projects and programmes, especially those funded by the EU;
    • Provide technical support to AU-IBAR to develop sound knowledge management and communication skills for dissemination of projects and programmes results, formulation of lessons and best practices from project/programme activities as well as appropriate communication strategy with stakeholders, including AU MS, RECs, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), RFBs, in particular for EU fisheries and aquaculture funded projects;
    • Help AU-IBAR to identify emerging unforeseen technical issues during project implementation and develop amendment proposals for appropriate corrective measures;
    • Assist in formulating and implementing effective communication and visibility strategy for the project and other EU funded projects and behavioural change;
    • Assist in formulating and implementing novel knowledge management strategies for Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing.

Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Gabonese Republic

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaGabonWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Commission (DG MARE)
  • Years:

    from 2015 to 2015
  • Project description :

    The evaluation was carried out within the Framework contract No MARE/2011/01 ‘Evaluation and impact assessment activities for DG MARE – Lot 3: Retrospective and prospective evaluations on the international dimension of the common fisheries policy (CFP)’ as specific contract No 10. The Commission sees this evaluation as a tool for improving the quality and coherence of the policy development process. Independent evaluations of protocols to Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA) between the EU and third countries constitute a legal requirement for the EU.

    This evaluation assessed the performance of the two years (2013 – 2015) Protocol to the FPA between the EU and Gabon based on a range of salient criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and acceptability and economic effects. This evaluation contributes by delivering clear conclusions and recommendations to prepare the Commission whether to negotiate a new protocol based on the European Commission ex ante guide 2001.

    The evaluation report will be available to the public on the DG MARE’s website.

Development and implementation of eco-labelling schemes in the fish sector – Vanuatu and the Pacific Region

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    OceaniaPacific OceanPapua New GuineaTongaTuvaluVanuatu
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Commission
  • Years:

    from 2014 to 2015
  • Project description :

    The project would help to inform government and industry groups on aspects of the World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) Agreement that address eco-labelling schemes, and how Pacific governments could reform existing policy, regulations and institutional framework in order to support the development and use of ecolabels.

    The overall objective of the project was to promote the development and implementation of eco-labelling schemes to support proper access of environmentally efficient fish products from the Pacific countries to regional, European and global markets.

    The project was to benefit 5 countries in the West Central Pacific region, Vanuatu the project initiator, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. It was designed to assess prospects and potential impacts of the adoption of eco-labelling schemes in the fish sector in Vanuatu and in the Pacific region, and to raise awareness among key national and regional stakeholders through two field missions.

    There were two expected results:

    Result 1: Assessed trade opportunities and enabling conditions for the development of Eco-labelling schemes in the fishery sector in the Pacific region; and

    Result 2: Raised awareness amongst government ministries, Quality improvement (QI) institutions, private sector institutions and key stakeholders on the benefits of eco-labelling schemes in the fishery sectors in the Pacific region

Field tag awareness activities Atlantic – Wide research programme on bluefin tuna

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Mediterranean Sea
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    ICCAT
  • Years:

    from 2014 to 2014
  • Project description :

    The marking of Atlantic red was initiated in 2010 by ICCAT. Since then, more than 24,000 brands have been deployed in tagging campaigns carried out both in the Mediterranean and on the coasts of the North-East Atlantic.

    The placement of these marks on bluefin tuna aims to provide scientific data allowing a better understanding of the species and its dynamics. Thus each return to ICCAT of one of these brands allows an important scientific advance. However, ICCAT is today faced with a major problem: the return ratio of these brands is dramatically low (less than 1%) even though around 13,000 tonnes of bluefin tuna are caught each year.

    In order to improve this situation, the ICCAT Secretariat has mandated the Franco-Italian group COFREPECHE – OCEANIS to boost information and awareness around these brands in 14 countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey. The objective is to improve the recovery of brands.

    To do this, the national authorities such as the Fisheries Directorates but also the local authorities and the administrations in charge of the control, the fishermen targeting bluefin tuna or likely to catch it, the national observers requested on the catching vessels and the traps as well as ICCAT regional observers, representatives of recreational and sports fisheries and scientific institutes were met and sensitized.

    At the local level, a network of dedicated focal points was deployed from June to the very beginning of September 2014, it revolves around a referent per country.

Regional overview of tuna fishing activities in the Eastern Atlantic ocean and retrospective and prospective evaluations of protocols to fisheries partnership agreements between the European Union and third countries in Western and Central Africa

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaCape VerdeCentral AfricaGuinea BissauLiberiaSenegalSierra LeoneWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Commission (DG MARE)
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    The regional overview and the evaluations were carried out within the specific contract n°5 of the framework contract MARE/2011/01 ‘Evaluation and impact assessment activities for DG MARE’ Lot 3: ‘Retrospective and prospective evaluations on the international dimension of the common fisheries policy (CFP)’.  The Commission sees these studies as a tool for improving the quality and coherence of the policy development process. Also, carrying out the independent evaluation of a protocol to a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the EU and a third country and of a new protocol to a FPA between the EU and a third country constitute a legal requirement of the EU. The regional overview of the fisheries sector in the Eastern Atlantic ocean included providing basic information of fishing activities in the region especially activities of the EU fleet, analysing the supply chain value of products containing tuna, tuna-liked species and associated species caught by fishing vessels in the region. This contract contributed also in delivering clear findings, conclusions and recommendations to prepare the Commission whether to negotiate on behalf of the EU protocols to FPAs with African countries on the Eastern Atlantic side.

    Most reports are available to the public on DG MARE’s website.

Project for the development of Daman and Diu, Gujarat State, India – feasibility study to upgrade the fishing ports in Daman and Diu

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AsiaIndiaIndian Ocean
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    Egis-Ports
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    Omnibus Industrial Development Corporation (OIDC), a public Indian company specialised in industrial development, requested Egis International, a port development company whose headquarters are in France, to assess the potential of developing the coastal areas of two towns located in the State of Gujarat (Eastern side of India): Daman and Diu. Each of them having specificities: Daman having an artisanal fishing port where future income from tourism could be generated (eco-tourism) while Diu could become a larger artisanal-semi-industrial fishing ports with potentials for ferries development. Egis asked COFREPECHE to analyse the current situation of the existing fishing ports (including their competitions) and the general situation of the fishing activities in this area of India in order to define the scope of development of the two coastal towns to be proposed to the Client.

Building Eastern African Capacity for Freshwater Aquaculture Research: Study tour to Kenya

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaEast AfricaKenya
  • Areas:

    Aquaculture
  • Customer :

    ACP Fish II
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    This project intended to build the skills and capacities of Fisheries Officers and Aquaculture Research Officers in Eastern Africa to conduct relevant and effective research. To achieve this purpose COFREPECHE organised and conducted a study tour at the National Aquaculture Research Development and Training Centre (NARDTC) in Sagana, Kenya. This study tour involved 9 Fisheries Officers and Aquaculture Research Officers (participants from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and one Officer from the LVFO Secretariat – based in Uganda) and lasted 5 full days.

    The Consultant completed the following specific tasks as part of this contract:

    • Hold initial briefing with the ACP Fish II Programme and NARDTC Management;
    • Carry out documentary review and develop Study Tour programme and learning objectives;
    • Prepare an Inception Report (IR);
    • Prepare Study Tour materials (e.g. guidelines, documents, programmes and learning objectives) to be given to the Participants at the start of the Tour;
    • Organise, implement and report a study tour for 9 officers based in the NARDTC, Sagana, Kenya;
    • Prepare a written report on the Study Tour to be given to Participants before departure;
    • Prepare the Draft Final Technical Report (DFTR) and submit it to the ACP Fish II Programme, LVFO Secretariat and NARDTC Management;
    • Prepare and submit the Final Technical Report (FTR) incorporating inputs on the draft.
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