AWARENESS WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES IN BURUNDI
AWARENESS WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES IN BURUNDI – RUMONGE: FEBRUARY 13, 2014
Lake Tanganyika is shared by four riparian countries such as Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. The Lake, noted for its wide variety of wildlife, home to at least 1,500 plant and animal species, of which more than 600 are found nowhere else in the world. The lake is a source of freshwater, fish and serves as a transport, and directly or indirectly provides a source of livelihood for about 10 million people living in the lake basin.
The Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), based in Bujumbura, is the regional organization representing the four riparian countries. The ALT was created to support the implementation of the Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika (see Article 23 of the Convention). During ongoing discussions that took place recently with partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries ensuring coherence and coordination of assistance based on the needs and efforts of national and regional institutions in Africa, it was agreed to strengthen the ability of the Lake Tanganyika Authority to assist in the updating and implementation of the plan of Management Structure Fisheries of Lake Tanganyika.
Currently, LTA has an agreement with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization ("FAO") under the implementation of a regional strategy for the ESA project - IO (GCP / RAF / 466/EC), which focuses on "The participation of fishing communities in the sustainable use of living and non-living resources of Lake Tanganyika." One of the main objectives of the agreement is to encourage communities to engage in sustainable resource management through awareness of best practices.
The objectives of the workshop are to initiate awareness among fishing communities on the issues of sustainable use of living and non-living resources of Lake Tanganyika, and refine the analysis of the impact of the fishing business management of these resources. The other objective is to produce videos of short stories in four languages on key issues related to the management and conservation of Lake Tanganyika. The videos will be used to educate people about the dangers of unsustainable practices and promote the use of best practices.
The videos will be used in the activities of the community by LTA and its partners. In additional, the videos will also be available on the LTA website and social media for other potential users. The four key themes for the videos are:
- Dangers of using illegal fishing instrument
- Co - Management of Resources
- Hygiene on fish landing and beaches
- Alternative activities generating income for fishing communities
The primary targeted public will be mainly fishing communities of Lake Tanganyika and related stakeholders such as traders and input suppliers. Other beneficiaries and end users of the videos are: local and national leaders (Burundi, DRC, Tanzania and Zambia) involved in fishing, Federation of Fishermen in Burundi and similar organizations in the DRC, Tanzania and Zambia, and partners of LTA like research institutes and NGOs, donors and their projects.
Organization and participation
The workshop is supported by the FAO / SMARTFISH and is organized by the Lake Tanganyika Authority.It will be held on 13th February 2014, in Lake Tanganyika Lodge in Rumonge, Bururi, Southern Burundi. Participation in the workshop will include the representatives of fishermen's associations, women traders, local authorities/leaders, maritime authorities/leaders, agencies respectively of country fisheries and environment.
Participants will be selected by their agencies in close collaboration with the organizers. Representatives of FAO, SmartFish and Lake Tanganyika Authority will also participate in the workshop.
The opening of the workshop will be officially made by His Excellency the Executive Director of LTA. Before the official opening, there will be two declarations, the Representatives of FAO and the Federation of Fishermen and Fish Suppliers in Burundi (“FPFPB”). After the official opening, there will be a number of presentations:
i) Dangers of the use of illegal fishing instruments,
ii) Co - management of resources,
iii) Hygiene on fish landing and beaches,
iv) Alternative activities generating income for fishing communities.
After the presentations and projections of mini movie of 10 minutes each, participants will be divided into working groups where they will discuss the four thematic answering the following questions (which situation? What is being done now? What should be done by the fishing communities? What contributions of institutions - FPFPB, LTA, Min Fishing, FAO / SmartFish), etc.
The workshop will be followed by a press conference.
Detail of the Provisional Agenda - Thursday, 13th February 2014
8:30 / 9:00: Arrival and registration of guests
9:00 / 9:10: Speech by the Representative of Commune of Rumonge
9:10 / 9:20: Speech by the Representative of Federation of Fishermen
9:20 / 9:30: Speech by FAO Representative (Burundi) / SmartFish
9:30 / 9:50: Official opening by His Excellency Jean Marie NIBIRANTIJE, Executive Director of LTA
9:50 / 10:00: Presentation of participants
10:00 /10:20: Theme 1: Presentation on Dangers of using illegal fishing instruments
10:20 / 10:30: Projection of the 1st Video
10:30 / 11:00: Discussion - Debate on the theme
11:00 / 11:20: ((Coffee / tea break))
11:20 / 11:40: Theme 2: Presentation on Co - Management of resources
11:40 / 11:50: Projection of the 2nd Video
11:50 / 12:20: Discussion - Debate on the theme
12:20 / 12:40: Theme 3: Presentation on Hygiene on the fish landing and beaches
12:50 / 1:20 p.m.: Discussion - Debate on the theme
1:20 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.: Logistic instructions
1:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.: (( Lunch))
2:30 p.m. / 2:50 p.m: Theme 4: Alternative activities generating income for fishing communities
2:50 p.m. / 3:00 p.m.: Projection of the 4th Video
4:00 p.m. / 4:20 p.m.: Discussion
4:20 p.m. / 5:00: Group work
5:00 p.m. / 5:30 p.m.: Plenary group work
5:30 End of the session.
The workshop is to encourage communities to engage in sustainable management of resources through awareness of best practices, and will provide a series of actions that can be implemented by communities to mitigate any negative impacts, but also establish the basis for future activities at local level.
FAO and SmartFish hope to support the development of mitigation and adaptation in fishing communities around the Lake Tanganyika Basin in order to maintain current levels of fish production, support in daily life and food security at regional level.
The languages used in the workshop are respectively French and Kirundi.
Registration and participation fees
Travel expenses and per diem during the workshop will be covered for participants.