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IN MOROCCO COMHAFAT AND ANDA ORGANIZE A WORKSHOP ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF AQUACULTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SDGs

In Africa, faced with ever-increasing consumption, the high cost of frozen fish and the poor quality of smoked fish, fresh fish is a quality alternative for the people. The promotion and development of aquaculture in Africa is justify the fact that demand for animal products is constantly increasing at the level of while in Africa, the observation of stagnation or even a decrease in the per capita consumption of protein of animal origin is a frequent case: in many places, low levels of consumption lead to deficiencies severe nutritional requirements.

In this respect, the development of aquaculture is obvious and the African continent must position itself in this flourishing and growing sector. Sound role is of prime importance and aims to guarantee food security, create jobs to train future generations in jobs of the future, adapt and mitigate to the needs of the future. effects of climate change, and ultimately contribute to economic development while reducing dependence on fish stocks.

This vision of aquaculture development is perfectly in line with the dynamics of a positive contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDOs) set out in as part of the 2030 Program for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015 by the 193 Member States of the United Nations.

Among the Sustainable Development Objectives set at the level of this program, SDG 14 is exclusively dedicated to « to conserve and use oceans, seas and marine resources in a sustainable manner for the purposes of sustainable development ». Beyond SDG 14 and the key role that can be played by aquaculture in achieving its targets, the aquaculture sector also provides responses to the achievement of several other SDGs, including:

  • SDG 2: Eradicate hunger, ensure food security and improve nutrition;
  • SDG 7: Ensure access for all to reliable energy services, sustainable and modern, at an affordable cost;
  • SDG 8: Promote sustained economic growth, full and sustainable development productive employment and decent work for all;
  • SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization that benefits all and encourage innovation;
  • SDG 12: Establish sustainable consumption and production patterns;
  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to address climate change and its impacts;
  • SDG 17: Strengthen the capacity to implement and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development;

Despite the proven benefits of aquaculture development, African production remains below its potential, with only 2.2 million tons, 70% of which are produced by a single country. On the other hand, with a production of about 374 thousand tons in 2017, compared to 9,436 in 1990, COMHAFAT countries contribute only 15% of the continent’s aquaculture production, almost all of which is covered by inland aquaculture.

Considering the global challenges and the potential for developing new activities income-generating economic activities and positive social and economic footprints environmental, COMHAFAT countries must provide a global response, common and local to the implementation of the SDGs through the aquaculture scope.

In this context, COMHAFAT organizes in collaboration with the National Agency to the Development of Aquaculture in Morocco (ANDA), a workshop under the theme « The sustainable development of aquaculture in the context of the United Nations SDGs ».

This workshop will be a moment of informed reflection for the implementation of a development of aquaculture aligned with sustainable development objectives, taking into account the environment and the economic and social context of the COMHAFAT region.

This workshop will also provide an opportunity to formalize a collective commitment to the sustainable development of aquaculture while strengthening synergies between stakeholders and fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships that can generate growth that is inclusive and consistent with national priorities.

The overall objective of this workshop is to establish a common and shared vision for identify ways and means of promoting aquaculture development for a better contribution to the MDGs in the COMHAFAT area. A competitive, sustainable, productive, profitable and equitable aquaculture will be the key words of this workshop to define a global strategy based on synergy and complementarity of national actors able to ensure food security, fight against poverty, preserve the environment and chart a course for the future for our future generations.

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