Over 25 participants attend 1st International Advisory Group meeting in Berlin

The development of a coherent and credible framework for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTi) by the FiTI Secretariat is supported by an International Advisory Group, comprising fisheries and governance experts from governments, companies and civil society organizations.

The 1st International Advisory Group Meeting of the FiTI took place on July 24 in Berlin / Germany. It was hosted and conducted by the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, the organization acting as the International Secretariat for the Initiative. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen, Chair of the FiTI Advisory Group.

The Secretariat welcomed over 25 participants, including senior government representatives from Mauritania, Seychelles, Costa Rica and Indonesia, from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, The African Development Bank, GIZ, Bread for the World, Cepesca, CAOPA, Environmental Justice Foundation, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, Greenpeace, Long Distant Advisory Council, Oceana, Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association and WWF.

His Excellency Sid’Ahmed Raïss, Minister for Economic Affairs and Development of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, welcomed the participants and reiterated the commitment of Mauritania to support the conceptual phase of FiTI and to take a leading role in implementing this global initiative.

The meeting informed participants about the current status of the initiative. Participants also discussed the value of transparency and participation for responsible and sustainable fisheries and how the Fisheries Transparency Initiative could help achieving this.

At the end of the meeting, the participants discussed the next steps for the FiTI, especially with regards to the 2nd International Advisory Group meeting in October and the 1st International Conference of the FiTI, which is to take place in Nouakchott/Mauritania on December 14th, 2015.

For detailed information about the 1st International Advisory Group meeting – including the official Meeting Report and list of participants – please click here.