Fourth stakeholder consultation on Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project at ICAR-CIFRI

The Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI) hosted the fourth Stakeholder Consultation on BOBLME SAP Project Document Preparation for the States of Odisha and West Bengal on 4 th March 2019. The Consultation was co-organized by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO) and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The broad objectives of the Consultation were to (i) identify local priorities within the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and Project Framework Document (PFD) of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Programme Phase -2 (BOBLME-2); (ii) garner specific inputs on thematic areas of the SAP; (iii) explore the scope of collaboration & coordination for implementation of SAP; and (iv) scope the possibility of co-finance for implementation of SAP.

Opening the Consultation, Dr B K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI remarked that the Consultation is being organised in a critical juncture when both fisheries and environment are facing many challenges. He hoped that the BOBLME programme will draw upon expertise and knowledge available within the ICAR-CIFRI and actively collaborate with the Institute in meeting its objectives. Dr Yugraj Singh Yadava, Director, BOBP-IGO said that CIFRI has played an important role in the first phase of the BOBLME and would like to see the institute playing a bigger role during the second phase especially in areas of management of iconic species such as hilsa, maintenance of health of estuaries, livelihoods, climate change adoption, etc.

Mr C.M Muralidharan, Consultant FAO explained the activities carried out during the first phase of the BOBLME Project, especially activities related to India. Dr E Vivekanandan, Fisheries Consultant, BOBP-IGO explained the activities proposed under the SAP phase of the BOBLME Programme. Following the technical presentations, participants formed two groups: Fisheries and Environment and provided inputs on existing policies, measures needed for improving implementation of existing policies and policy gaps and scope of collaboration with BOBLME programme in the States of Odisha and West Bengal. Forty-five participants representing Governmental agencies; academia; other ICAR institutions like ICAR- CIFRI,ICAR-CIFT, ICAR-CMFRI; NGOs and CBOs and fishermen from Sundarban took part in the Consultation.



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