Save the date! Webinar on Fisheries-Related OECMs in the Western Indian Ocean

There many different types of area-based fisheries management measures being used that have the potential to qualify as Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in  the Western Indian Ocean region. During the Nairobi Convention Science to Policy Meeting in Maputo Mozambique on  5th – 7th December 2023, the importance and role of fisheries-related OECMs was highlighted. Several science and policy recommendations were made including the need to identify the extent of existing area-based management measures (other than MPAs), which could potentially be recognized as OECMs, and assess what their socio-ecological impacts would be. At the regional level, knowledge exchange, technical assistance, and replication of best practices are recommended.

To assist regional countries in advancing dialogue on OECMs in the SWIO region, FAO is collaborating with WIOMSA to support knowledge exchange and stakeholder discussion on OECMs, as well as to propose regional initiatives to support the identification and reporting of potential OECMs for fisheries.

In this context, a virtual half-day webinar “Introductory Webinar on Fisheries-Related Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO)” will take place on 20th March 2024 at 1100-1400 HRS EAT. The webinar will provide a general introduction to the concept of OECMs and their place in the region.

Registration and agenda
The webinar is open to all participants from the countries of the WIO region and beyond; and to any other interested stakeholders. For more information, download the event agenda and concept note. Please scan the QR code below or click here to register for the webinar.

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