January 3, 2018
23-25 November, Johannesburg, South Africa
Krishan Bheenick, Senior Programme Coordinator of Knowledge Management at CTA, explains the value of knowledge management techniques such as experience capitalisation, which are being introduced as part of CTA’s Southern Africa Flagship Project with the aim to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adoption of climate smart agriculture. Experience capitalisation encourages people to reflect on their practices and understand the reasoning behind certain decisions, failures and successes. It ultimately provides the opportunity to learn from experiences and share these lessons.
In December, the recently created European Fisheries Technology Platform (EFTP) who have set up five working groups looking at various aspects of innovation in fisheries, in a platform open to industry and researchers published reports of the three 2012 thematic workshops. These reports form key inputs to the EFTP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020. The EFTP was created to promote the transition from an obsolete and traditional sector to a competitive, sustainable and modern sector. It argues that research and innovation are particularly important for the European fisheries sector, where it is necessary to increase the sectors profitability by reducing costs, while engaging in sustainable and responsible production.
In her speech at a symposium in the Netherlands, the EC Fisheries Commissioner highlighted that, in 2009 we had only five stocks fished at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) in the European Union; today we have 27 stocks. Last year, this has provided EU fishermen with an additional income of 125 million, by increasing their fishing quotas for some healthy stocks. In particular, most stocks shared with Norway plaice, haddock, herring and saithe are harvested at MSY level. All of these stocks shared with Norway, and the fact that they are well managed clearly illustrates also the benefits of good international cooperation.
The Commissioner insisted on the importance of working more closely together across sea basins which can offer the appropriate cooperation framework for the countries and stakeholders involved in the fisheries, so that they can join forces on issues such as improving the environmental condition of the sea, facilitating the development of common networks for research and innovation, etc. In particular, the EU will support innovation for fisheries sustainability by helping interconnecting businesses and researchers. She gave some examples, such as cooperation for coastal protection and management in the light of climate change, for improving the selectivity of fishing techniques, etc.
The Commissioner finally mentioned the other European success story in the fisheries domain: the creation of the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs), which showed a very positive experience of stakeholders' contribution to the debates on policy-making.