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Fisheries management science programme: programme development visit to East Africa (17 February – 5 March 2002)
Beddington, J. (2002). Fisheries management science programme: programme development visit to East Africa (17 February – 5 March 2002). Fisheries Management Science Programme (FMSP): UK. 44 pp.

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  • Beddington, J.

    The Fisheries Management Science Programme (FMSP), is one of ten Renewable Natural Resources Research Programmes funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of DFID’s research strategy is to generate new knowledge and to promote its uptake and application such that the livelihoods of poor people are improved through better management of renewable natural resources. Within the FMSP, the programme purpose is to generate benefits for poor people by the application of new knowledge to fisheries management systems. There are two outputs, relating to capture and enhancement fisheries, within each of which both the marine and inland environments are covered. East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) is the geographic focus for the marine fisheries component of the programme. Minor inputs are also relevant for Indian Ocean island states, plus promotion of FMSP outputs in Orissa and Andra Pradesh (India). This report synthesises the findings of the FMSP Programme Development Team (Dr Chris Mees and Ms Catherine Barry) to East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda) during the period 17 February to 5 March 2002. The purpose of this visit was to inform the development of the Programme strategy by consulting with a wide range of regional stakeholder institutions and other relevant specialists on potential areas for future research related to fisheries management. The specific aims were to: ??Assess demand for FMSP research as expressed by the institutes visited, set in the context of the FMSP strategy. This involved identifying the target beneficiaries of the research, in order to prioritise research needs that would have strong livelihood relevance; ??Assess the mandates, and existing and planned research of the institutes visited in Kenya and Tanzania. This will contribute towards defining the institutional and other pathways through which benefits of research will be delivered to poor groups; and ??Identify possible ways by which FMSP could link with existing research/development projects. New research would aim to be complementary to other similar initiatives currently at various stages of development and implementation in the region by other donors in order to improve co-ordination of research activities, and promote dissemination and uptake of outputs. This report synthesises the information generated and recorded in individuals meetings reports throughout the visit, and details (for Tanzania and Kenya): ??Background issues relating to the fisheries sector, in each country and regionally; ??The national institutional arrangements for the fisheries sector in each country, and details of other institutions, nationally and regionally, involved in fisheries research and development activities; ??Appropriate institutions that the FMSP may engage in research activities with, mechanisms for doing so, and potential uptake pathways; ? Demand expressed by the institutions and individuals met, synthesised for each country; and ??Known existing research and development activities, in order to highlight research gaps and priorities, and opportunities for collaborating or adding value to existing activities. It also reports on the visit of the FMSP PD Team to Uganda to discuss with the DFID Regional Co-ordinator based in Kampala means by which the DFID East Africa Natural Resources Research and Development Co-Ordination Office could support the activities of the FMSP in the region. The itinerary for this visit is given in Appendix 1. Details of individuals met are given in Appendix 2.

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