FAO GFCM Fishforum Workshop - Promoting co-management as an innovative tool for the sustainable use of marine natural resources

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PANACeA - FAO GFCM Fishforum workshop

Monday 10 December,

Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO GFCM, Roma

15:00 – 17:30


The workshop aims at promoting co-management as an efficient and promising innovative tool for the sustainable development and use of marine natural resources in the Mediterranean region.

Due to a rapid population growth and to increasing demand for economic development, the Mediterranean is facing an ecological deficit: its marine living resources are put at stake as the demand is two and half times higher than what the ecosystem itself can produce. In this situation, there is an urgent need to agree and implement a “New Deal” aiming to ensure the sustainable management and use of the Mediterranean marine living resources. Such an innovative approach should be supported by in-depth understanding by policy-makers of existing interdependencies and reciprocal influence between natural resources, on the one hand, and needs for economic performances and growth, on the other hand.

Reaching a common understanding and enabling a sustainable management of the fishing grounds, considering the protection and conservation aspects of biodiversity is a considerable challenge where innovative practices need to be developed. Co-management is a particular methodological and practical approach which, if well-adapted to local characteristics, can lead to efficient ecosystem-based management and support the sustainable use and conservation/protection aspects of those areas. In this particular context, marine protected areas play a strategic role and will be particularly targeted in this workshop as they have to deliver necessary conditions to recover and ensure preservation of natural resources.

Aiming at developing capacity-building and transferability opportunities, the workshop will focus on co-management between fishers and/or representatives of fishing producer organizations and MPA managers within and around MPAs. Co-management is an opportunity to steer local action; it contributes to the shift towards co-responsibility (more decentralized) management; it allows empowerment of stakeholders and compliance with the rules; it addresses the issue of enhancing tailor management to the scale that matters. Transferability aspect is also a key issue to be addressed as it cannot be replicated but needs to be adapted to local circumstances.

More generally speaking, the workshop will also cover issues related to participatory multi-stakeholder governance, as a mean to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea.

The workshop will include speakers from the Biodiversity Protection Community featured by Interreg Med PANACeA and its working group on the sustainable use of natural resources. It will present co-management best practices from several projects as well as their research results. In this respect, the workshop will capitalize on studies, analysis and data delivered by ongoing projects, initiatives and/or organizations.

The sharing of experiences will enable the audience to reflect on potential gaps and policy recommendations to address multilevel policies and structural governance issues in the Mediterranean. In particular, this workshop is also aiming to support the GFCM management plans, by providing information to consider and innovative approaches to reflect on.


15.00 -15.15 Welcome

Welcome address from Dania Abdul Malak, ETC-UMA, PANACeA project leader, representing the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community.

15.15 - 17.25 - ROUNDTABLES and Q&As

Round table 1: Why and to what extent co-management is a key tool/opportunity for the sustainable development of Mediterranean small-scale fishery?

·         Luca Santarossa, FISHMPABLUE2 project, Federparchi – Europarc Italy

·         Antonio di Franco, University of Nice

·         Francesco de Franco, MPA Torre Guaceto

Round table 2: Multi Stakeholder involvement and participatory approach: Moving from theory to practice in order to create ownership and raise awareness for integrated MPAs management

·         Anamaria Štambuk, CONFISH project, University of Zagreb

·         Sasa Raicevich, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

·         Marco Costantini, PHAROS4MPAs project, WWF

·         Alessandro Melillo, TOURISMED project, PRISM

Round table 3: How to expand and transfer best practices – Towards a common integration of co-management in the Mediterranean region

·         Anna Carlson, GFCM FAO

·         Gilles Van de Walle, FARNET

·         Antoni Maria Grau, Regional Government of the Balearic Islands

17.25 - 17.30 CONCLUSION

 Representative from the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community