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FAO and MoA
“Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries” Seminar in Balamand University

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Lebanon and the University of Balamand is organizing a seminar on "Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries" on 10 and November 11, 2015 at the University of Balamand in Koura.

The aim of this seminar, which is held in the framework of the EastMed project implemented by FAO in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, is to improve the concept of ecosystem approach to fisheries, through consultation and collaboration between the various stakeholders in this sector, to determine the suitable locations for these fisheries in northern Lebanon and to test this approach for the preparation and implementation of a rational and sustainable management of fisheries.

The most important issues the seminar covered are: the basic concepts of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, the components of the fisheries system, how to integrate the ecological approach to fisheries in the design and implementation of fishery management plans, programs and projects, and the required steps for the comprehensive application of this approach is and determining the suitable site for this approach.

EastMed “Scientific and Institutional Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean” is a project executed by FAO and funded by Greece, Italy and European Commission and will support the development of regionally-consistent fisheries management plans among the Eastern Mediterranean countries. The project’s longer-term development objective is to contribute to the sustainable management of marine fisheries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and thereby to support national economies and protecting the livelihoods of those involved in the fisheries sector. 


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading international efforts in the fight against hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. It helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and guarantees good nutrition for all. FAO strategy in Lebanon is aligned with FAO strategy worldwide, to provide the necessary support within the scope of work of the organization to developing countries to help in the poverty alleviation process. Lebanon was among the first countries to benefit from a FAO Country Office to strengthen the Organization’s programmes on the ground. Established in 1977, the office has sought to promote harmonious and sustainable development of the agricultural sector along with the national agricultural policy and in consultation with related ministerial departments​​​​
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