Monday, 12 October 2020 08:04

Virtual fishery and aquaculture stakeholder briefings for Central Asia

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The virtual state of fishery and aquaculture industry briefings is a series of web stakeholder briefings and discussions organized under the project “Capacity Development for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management in Central Asia” (Phase I - aquaculture and food safety). The project is being coordinated by FISHCap in partnership with the beneficiaries of the project (Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) and target countries that are still not the beneficiaries of the project (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan Tajikistan, Turkmenistan).  The virtual seminars will be organized for each of the seven countries on a monthly basis, and in alphabetical order according to the English name of each country.

Effective participatory fisheries/aquaculture management, among other things, requires, working in partnership with the private sector and other stakeholders, while strengthening inter-industry co-operation and stakeholder involvement in strategic decision-making. Improving the business environment is important for sustainable aquaculture and fisheries development. Diverse stakeholder groups from the above-mentioned countries have on many occasions underlined the need to strengthen both national and intra-regional collaboration and partnerships in fisheries and aquaculture, and enhance the involvement and visibility of private sector stakeholders (traders, investors, suppliers. etc) who represent the key actors in the regional collaborative platforms.

The webinar series aim to create a briefing, discussion and networking forum for the representative of key stakeholders from the above-mentioned countries while providing a state of fisheries and aquaculture update for each country. The webinar thus offers a way to facilitate exchanges of the experiences, success stories, ideas, and challenges specific to the industries, including those from the COVID-19 pandemic, and trade and investment opportunities between stakeholders. Additionally, this initiative aims to update or prepare for the first time the National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO), a fact sheet collection comprising the reports submitted by the FAO Member States, which is available at the following link:

  1. Objectives:

 The objectives of this industry briefing webinar study are to:

  1. Promote the involvement of the private sector in regional priorities, initiatives and platforms;
  2. Create a platform for sharing industry information, examples of good practice, challenges, and identify business investment opportunities to promote sector development;
  3. Create a platform for discussing aquaculture and fisheries governance, private sector and government’s roles in providing an enabling environment for sector development, and how good governance can be promoted;
  4. Discuss the industry’s vision for building and supporting sustainable aquaculture and fisheries sectors;
  5. Share experiences in relation to the development of a new, more productive, sustainable and equitable agriculture sector; and
  6. Prepare Azerbaijan’s National Aquaculture Sector Overview, as part of FAO’s respective fact sheet collection.

The main expected outcomes of the workshop are twofold: (i) update of FAO National Aquaculture Sector Overview; and (ii) a webinar summary.

  1. FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP II)

The overarching objective of the FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme is to provide support to ensuring food security and rural poverty reduction in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Programme, established in 2007, benefits from trust fund contributions totalling USD 20 million to date, financed by the Government of Turkey, and represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. During the first phase of FTPP (2009 and 2015), 28 projects in 16 countries were implemented in the sub-region.

In 2014, Turkey and FAO commenced the second phase of the FTPP. Under this phase, a range of projects are designed to address issues of food security and nutrition, agricultural and rural development, protection and management of natural resources, agricultural policies, and food safety. The programme will take into consideration different experiences of key stakeholders and actors including women and youth.

  1. Process

The workshop will be conducted virtually. The participants will be provided with a webinar ID and password to attend the virtual workshop. The one-day workshop will include comments, suggestions and discussions on the current situation of countries, problems and solutions. All background documents and reports (if the preparation is requested) will be shared with the participants. On the other hand, FAO will collaborate with the competent national authorities responsible for aquaculture to prepare Azerbaijan’s National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO). 

  1. Participants

The following countries will be invited to nominate up to 20 participants for their own brief webinar: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Should it be requested by the target country, additional participants may be invited from the country/ies (international trade, supply chains, etc.). FAO particularly welcomes the nomination of qualified women. The event targets key stakeholders of the fishery and aquaculture industries (i.e. researchers; fishers, fish farmers, representatives of fisher’s association and companies, traders, investors, etc.).

  1. Organization and partners

The Virtual Regional workshop is organized by the FAOSEC Office, in cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

  1. Webinar language

The workshop will be conducted in three languages: English, Russian and Turkish through simultaneous interpretation.

  1. Webinar contact persons

Mr. Ferrahi Saracoglu, GPS-Fisheries and Aquaculture Expert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ;  Tel: +90 312 307 64 65).

Ms. Mariia Uzengin, Field Programme Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



A provisional agenda is available for download here.


The first webinar will be held on Monday October 19, 2020 at 9:00 CET and will be covering Azerbaijan. For participation please use the following details to join in:

Meeting URL:  
Meeting ID:        981 9336 5032
Passcode:          625053