daylong training for Tanji Lascom co-management initiative workshop wrapped up
at Tanji conference room. The meeting
was organised and funded by the West African Association for the Development of
Artisanal Fisheries (WADAF).
WADAF is a sub-regional project covering the artisanal fisheries professional organisations in seven West African countries – Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
Prior to the Tanji training, WADAF conveyed similar training for fish mongers within the Greater Banjul Area from fish landing communities such as Bakau, Banjul, Brufut and Tanji.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with the various stakeholders to prepare work plan for the WADAF project for effective implementation or disbursement of funds.
The project coordinator of WADAF Aminata Mbengue said since December 2015, the sub-regional association has been implementing the project on strengthening fisheries good governance and artisanal fisheries professional organisations in the seven member countries of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) – West Africa.
WADAF Executive Secretary Moussa Mbengue said the project follows an earlier one on strengthening the structuring and influencing capacities of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organisations (AFPOs) in the seven countries of SRFC in West Africa rolled out between 2010 and 2013.
According to him, the project was focused on the training of 21 leaders representing at the same time the collective action of their AFPO. Seven of those CAs were funded during this first phase.
Mr Mbengue said WADAF relies, among other activities, on strengthening training for 45 leaders (fishermen, fishmongers and fish processors) from AFPOs (21 trained in the first phase and 24 new leaders), the implementation of collective actions for beneficiary AFPOs, support for co-management and advocacy.
He said parallel to the training sessions, a large segment is devoted to co-management. In each country covered by the project, WADAF has identified a co-management body with the support of the fisheries administration.
According to him, institutional support is provided to each identified body and activities related to the implementation of co-management such as participatory research, participatory surveillance and promotion of management initiatives are financially supported. In the Gambia, TANJI’s LASCOM was identified as a co-management body during the workshop to raise awareness and mobilize partners and stakeholders of the project.
LASCOM has already received institutional support, which has enabled the procurement of office equipment (computer, multi-function printers, tables, conference chairs, armchair, etc.) and to finalize the construction of an office for the co-management committee.
Thus, as part of the implementation of the second half of the project’s second year, WADAF will take advantage of the national restitution missions for modules 4 and 5 and the scoping workshops for the collective actions of the new leaders to continue the implementation of the co-management activities.
It is within this framework that a workshop on the identification of co-management initiatives is planned in The Gambia. It is intended for members of the Tanji LASCOM, the National Correspondent, the Fisheries Administration and the UPO.
The objective was to identify in a participatory manner the co-management initiatives to support in Tanji and their implementation modalities; collecting local knowledge in the management of fishery resources; identify a theme for participatory research, define the conditions for its implementation and the stakeholders.