Venue: Comfort Hotel Holberg, Bergen
17 – 18 September 2012
17 September 2012 (start at 1900) – FFF seminar dinner
18 September 2012 (0900-1630) – FFF Annual seminar
The Norwegian Fisheries Forum (FFF) has in the recent years called for a strategy for how Norway in the future should exploit the comparative advantage in the aquatic sector in development terms. Instead of the current situation, mainly with small and scattered projects, FFF recommends a focused and strengthened commitment to the fishery and aquaculture related areas through a special program "Fishing for food security". This is based on several facts:
- That the Government and Norwegian Parliament (Storting), both express that the political goals of Norwegian development assistance should be to focus on areas where Norway has comparative advantage and can make a difference.
- The fact that Norway definitely has a leading position in knowledge-based management of fisheries and aquaculture - with a very strong "cluster" in education, research, administration and industry.
- The fact that this expertise is highly welcomed in development cooperation.
- The independent evaluation of the Norwegian fisheries aid that was presented in February 2009 and follow-up seminar in November 2009 – gives very positive rating of Norwegian fisheries aid (Norad Evaluation Report 6/2008).
- Fisheries / Aquaculture's share of the aid budget has been declining in recent years - and currently represents about 1% - something that cannot be said to be in accordance with the overall policy objective.
At this seminar we like to address two themes within Management of living aquatic resources and food security where Norway can make a difference. These are:
- International cooperation
- Capacity building
The goal of the first theme is to present an overall perspective on the processes related to the aquatic environment and management of ecosystems and fisheries, and will address this from a Norwegian perspective. The second theme is to address the importance of capacity building and education in general.
17 September 2012
18 September 2012
Management of living aquatic resources and food security;
How can Norway contribute
0900-1300: Session 1: International cooperation
Key note speakers:
- Heikki Holmås (Minister of International Development, Norway) – Sustainable management of fisheries; Global Perspective
- Arne Røksund (Secretary General, Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Norway) - Future policies and guidelines for fisheries and food security
- Richard Merrick (Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for the U.S. NOAA Fisheries, USA) - Management of living marine resources and conservation of biodiversity, Can International cooperation make a difference
- Åsmund Bjordal (Norway) – The Nansen Program – Four Decades of International Cooperation for Sustainable Fisheries
- Clinton Hay (Namibia) – Management of living freshwater resources in Southern Africa. Can International cooperation make a difference?
1400-1630: Session 2: Capacity building
Key note speakers:
- Jeppe Kolding (Norway) - Management of living aquatic resources and food security; How can Norway contribute?
a) Jens Revold (Norway) Education and competence exchange in Norwegian development cooperation; at universities and through institutional collaboration
b) Tor Næsje (Norway) - Education and competence exchange in Norwegian development cooperation; at universities and through institutional collaboration
- Ned Cyr (USA) - Capacity building, Can International cooperation make a difference
Drs. William Karp and Richard Merrick: Management of living marine resources and conservation of biodiversity. Can International cooperation make a difference?