SAARC Regional Consultation on “Best Management Practices in Aquaculture: capacity building and policy development”

19-21 September 2017, Negombo, Sri Lanka

SAARC Agriculture centre (SAC) has organized a SSARC Regional consultation on ‘Best Management Practices in Aquaculture: capacity building and policy development’ at Negombo, Sri Lanka during 19-21 September. The program was jointly organized by the SAC, Dhaka and National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka. Dr.  Shiba Shankar Giri, Senior Program Specialist (Fisheries), SAC, Dhaka was the program coordinator and led the SAARC delegation to Sri Lanka. The National Focal-point Experts of the  SAARC member countries, Dr. Kazi Iqbal Azam of Bangladesh, Mr. Namgay Dorji of Bhutan, Mr. Rama Sankar Naik of India, Ms. Shafiya Naeem of Maldives, Mr. Gayatri Raj Wagle of Nepal, Dr. Rehana Kausar of Pakistan, Dr.Wasantha Pahalawatte Arachchi of Sri Lanka and Dr S. S. Giri of SAC were in the delegation. Dr Anil Premaratne, Chairman, NARA was the local coordinator of the consultation meeting. The regional consultation was inaugurated by Hon. Dilip Wedaarachi, State Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Sri Lanka.

The objectives of these three day regional consultation were: to identify the issues, challenges and prospects of aquaculture in SAARC region; to discuss the policies, standards and practices pursued by the SAARC member states in aquaculture; to discuss the BMP adopted by other Asian countries, apart from SAARC countries, in aquaculture; to learn the existing mechanisms and future approaches needed to meet the SDGs goal in aquaculture by the SAAR countries. The consultation meeting was attended by more than 40 participants from different institutions and organizations from Sri Lanka, and SAARC member countries. In successive technical sessions, seven country status paper and many oral presentations were made on aquaculture systems and sustainability issues, best management practices, capacity development in aquaculture, international trade and export of aquaculture produces and policy issues related to the theme. This was followed by separate working group discussion and policy recommendation for the SAARC Region drafted.

After the seminar, the participants had occasion to visit the farming, research facilities, fish landing site and fish vending system of Sri Lanka on 21th September and to further continue their discussions.

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