The Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), an inter-governmental organisation body that composed of seven-member states, on Governance of Marine Resource Management Policies and Poverty Reduction in West Africa Marine Ecoregion (GOWAMER) project, recently held a two-day national workshop on Index of Governance of Marine and Coastal Resources and Fisheries Policy Coherence held at the Department of Fisheries in Banjul.
As part of implementing its strategic plan, SRFC has identified the promotion of national fisheries policy coherence and their mainstreaming at the regional level, as one of the strategic axis of Goal 5 “Strengthening the mechanism for fisheries policy and legislation harmonisation”.
The national workshop on Index Governance of Marine and Coastal Resources (IGRMC) was held in each of the beneficiary states of the GoWAMER project.
Speaking at the ceremony, Fatou Sosseh Jallow, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, said Go-WAMER project aims at improving marine resources governance in the seven west African countries namely: Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape-Verde to have activities that are implemented at national and regional level in partnership with national authorities and regional organisations such as SRFC.
DPS Jallow said for the GoWAMER project to achieve result, SRFC commission working with national institutions and stakeholders of the six participating countries will facilitate the establishment of a national committee on Governance of Marine and Coastal Resources.
“The committee will among other things be responsible for taking decisive actions on improving governance of marine and coastal resources as well as take necessary steps to harmonise existing institutional and legal frameworks in the management and protection of marine and coastal resources.”
According to him, this in the longer term will allow national institutions and stakeholders across all levels to effectively coordinate through well-established structures and processes that will ensure adequate participation in decision making, design and development of policies to bring about economic and social development that is responsive to environmental needs.
by Samba Jawo