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Themes and Sub-themes for the May 2021 E-Conference in Ghana.

Background.

There exists a huge policy gap in aquaculture management in West Africa which prevents sustainable growth in the industry. These gaps are as a result of the fact that; policies and regulations structured to manage farmed species do not regulate all aspects of the value chain and also, the opinions of those who know the real problems facing the industry are not reflected in management decisions. The reasons for these policy gaps are many and they include; the effects of Neo-colonialism, culture, lack of political will, marginalization, endemic corruption, weak institutions and more. To address these problems, the UN General Assembly Resolution GA 12297 of the 8th of Dec.2020, the Committee on Aquaculture of the FAO-2017, and several other regional and global organisations have recommended inclusive, accountable and transparent governance as core principles in achieving sustainable aquaculture. Worthy to note that, some member states in the region are better than others in terms of inclusion and transparency in management, but a lot still needs to be done at the general level. Member states must all improve on their governance structure by learning from each other and also by implementing global recommendations. To enable member states to learn from one another and to improve on their management structure requires a platform and a strategy. The May 2021 virtual conference in Ghana will serve as a platform where member states can fully understand the real meaning of inclusive governance from recent research and also, how they can tailor global guidelines and recommendations to help them to build robust and inclusive institutions in their various countries.

Main theme.

  1. “New Strategies to Promote Inclusion and Transparency in Aquaculture Management in West Africa”.

Sub-themes.
1) Role of law in aquaculture development.
2) Aquaculture development and climate change.
3) Aquaculture management post-COVID-19.
4) Aquaculture governance.
5) Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in aquaculture management.
6) Human Rights and aquaculture development in Africa.
7) Implementation of the Precautionary Approach in aquaculture in Africa.
8) Fish Health.
9) Environmental sustainability and aquaculture.
10) Women and youth; critical tools for aquaculture development in Africa.
11) Fish Trade.
12) Aquaculture development and COVID-19.
13) Perspectives of Fisheries/Aquaculture education and extension in Africa
14) Biotechnology techniques in African aquaculture.
15) Welfare issues in aquaculture development in Africa.

16) Fish Nutrition.

17) Public finance management.

18) Blue Economy.

19) Democracy and aquaculture development.

20) Role of the media in sustainable aquaculture development.

21) Role of civil society in aquaculture development.

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