TITLE

FAO REGIONAL PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP "ASSISTANCE TO WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES FOR IMPROVING COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH"

PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Report;2011, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The FAO Regional Proposal Development Workshop "Assistance to Western Balkan Countries for Improving Compliance with International Standards for Aquatic Animal Health" hosted by Croatia's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development and held in Zagreb, Croatia from 7 to 9 September 2009, was participated by some 30 representatives from the veterinary authorities and other relevant organizations of the five participating Western Balkan countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Monte Negro, and Serbia); and five representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (including 1 international and 2 regional consultants). Representatives of participating countries reviewed recent progress and priorities for national aquaculture development and aquatic animal health management in each country which paved the way for exchanging information and experiences concerning the status of aquatic animal health and programmes for disease diagnosis and prevention in the Western Balkan States. A major outcome of this workshop was the development of a Regional Technical Cooperation Programme proposal "Assistance to Western Balkan countries for improving compliance to international standards for aquatic animal health". The proposal was the result of a lengthy consultative and consensus-building process among countries of the Western Balkan Region which started in 2008 under two FAO projects (TCP/BiH 3101 and TCP/RER/3206). The proposal's overall objective is to improve participating country compliance with international health standards for aquatic animals by addressing key areas identified by the regional needs assessment process so that countries are better able to maintain and improve national aquatic animal health status, harmonize standards regionally, and better comply with the health standard requirements of regional and international trading partners. The specific objectives of the project proposal are to: build regional aquatic animal health capacity; conduct a regional review and assessment of national legislation; design and implement a regional surveillance programme for aquatic animal diseases; and promote national, regional and international communication mechanisms and networking systems for aquaculture development. The development of the proposal was based on the following core principles: regional cooperation, team effort; transparency, and continuity.
ACCESSION #
74588557

 

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