Actions to be taken to consolidate the achievements and ensure their sustainability beyond the project were spotlighted.
Experts on fish statistics from the Gulf of Guinea Regional Fisheries Commission (COREP) as well as from Cameroon, Republic of Congo, RDC, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation have evaluated the final results of the project on strengthening the collection of fisheries data in Central Africa.
For three days, that is November 23-25 in Douala, the experts assessed the final results of the COREP, focusing on the creation of local expertise in sampling surveys, structure and functions of information systems developed for the national and sub-regional fisheries sector. They also evaluated the sustainability of the systems developed with the support of the project with regard to the sustainability of the financing of national systems of data collection and information systems.
In its institutional capacity building component, the project supported the improvement of data collection systems and national fisheries information systems; initiated innovative and efficient technical processes using ICTs for data collection, as well as the development of appropriate instruments of governance enabling the strengthening of sub-regional cooperation in the exchange of information between COREP and its countries.
Since the project was officially launched in Libreville November 2014, many activities have been carried out, notably a sub-regional workshop to train officials of national statistical services to carry out fishery data, elaborated sample methodology on how to collect data on artisanal maritime fishing. Furthermore, the design and implementation of national databases for the centralization of fishery statistics, the obtaining of national statistical experts and the collection of fisheries data are results of the capacity-building initiated by the project.