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Tuesday, 21 November 2017
The EU-funded FishBase project promotes itself as the “most complete encyclopaedia about fish – free on the internet”. But with the help of sponsors and a dedicated team it has become more than that. What started 15 years ago as a small EU-supported project compiling some key facts about fishes for management and conservation purposes – especially in developing countries –FishBase has blossomed into the largest and most widely used information system of its kind. It has produced handbooks, brochures and CD-ROMS containing all or some of its data. Today, FishBase has information on around 29 000 fish species with 40 100 pictures and thousands of researchers, fisherman and fish enthusiasts the world over use the online database which gets around 1 million visitors each month (up to 20 million hits), ranging from universities, governments, business, NGOs and individuals.

Catchy tools
Data searches on the information system can be by scientific name or more common names applied by FishBase in more than 200 languages, and a search for a fish name reveals a information on endangered species, full details about its typical environment, its importance to different sectors (game and commercial fishermen, aquaculture, etc.), whether its stocks are resilient or not, its distribution, biology, and more.FishBase has also produced a flexible ‘fish-ruler’ especially to build consumer awareness about failing stocks.

The CTA has collaborated with the DG Research experts responsible for the FishBase by promoting the knowledge and use of FishBase known amongst the ACP fisheries experts. The last CTA publication on ACP-EU fisheries relations, which also includes research aspects will be available in February 2006.
Tuesday, 06 December 2005
Caricom ministers of trade, including Dr. Timothy Harris, are gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a series of trade meetings involving representatives from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and their counterparts from the European Union (EU).
The meetings in the main will seek to advance the agenda in relation to the economic partnership agreements successor to the Lome Comventions. Dr. Harris said the EU Council’s decision of sugar price regime will no doubt spur much animated discussions among ACP sugar producing states. Given the high importance of agriculture to our socio-economic development, the ACP must seek to advance agriculture in the Economic Partnership Agreement in the context of adjustment for the development of new and alternative products with export markets and agriculture in support of our tourism sector.
It is important this so-called partnership agreement advance our countries towards a path of sustainable development.
Asked to comment on the importance of the WTO trade talks in Hong Kong for the Caribbean, Dr. Harris said the Caribbean countries want to be part of the global trading system, but not at any cost. In this regard, the Caribbean trade ministers will push for a favourable outcome to Caribbean interests in such areas as small economies, special and differential treatment, public health, rules and trade facilitation. The major items of interest to Caricom states are agriculture and services. Dr. Harris said the ACP Secretariat will provide an update on the status of the negotiations.
EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, explained and debated at length yesterday with the ACP Group, that there are other issues outside the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) which will have an impact on the economies of some of the G90s (Group of 90 developing countries). He referred to the erosion of preferences and in particular the changes to the sugar and bananas regimes which have been agreed very recently. He declared to fully understand the concerns about the social and economic impact which these reforms will have on ACP countries, but these changes were inevitable since were forced on the EU by WTO. The EU is trying to minimise the negative consequences but obviously more is needed in terms of providing economic support for easing the adjustments. He dclared that the EU is committed to maintain and further develop a real partnership with the ACP and other weak and vulnerable developing countries, the G90, through, for instance, the Economic Partnership Agreement which are being negotiated and financial support. On sugar, the EU has already committed 40 millions € but more will be possible in the future after 2006, depending on the adoption of the financial perspectives.
The specific objective of the ACP-EU Water Facility is to boost the sustainable delivery of water and sanitation infrastructure and improve water governance and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) practices in ACP countries by helping to address the financing gap.
In March 2004, the EU Council decided to consider allocating a total amount of €500 million for an ACP-EU Water Facility, to be funded from the conditional €1 billion of the 9th EDF. The establishment of the ACP-EU Water Facility and its funding was endorsed by the ACP-EU Council of Ministers at its meetings in Gaborone in May 2004 and Luxemburg in June 2005. The two tranches of € 250 million each have now been made available.
Today is the 18th World AIDS-day. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981. In 2005, close to 5 million people were newly infected with the virus, more than 3 million of these in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
- The European Union has made the fight against AIDS a priority in its development policy and is the biggest contributor to the UN's Global Fund.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2005, and against the background of increasing HIV prevalence, members of the European Union, reaffirm their commitment to tackle the AIDS pandemic in a comprehensive and integrated way, including prevention, treatment, care and research, and in particular to address the HIV prevention gap, which left unchecked will undermine the whole AIDS response.
- The ACP Group calls on international donors and national governments to increase financial resources for research and development of HIV vaccines and microbicides as well as enhancing the sharing of information and good practices aimed at halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS. It also pledged to undertake, within the ACP Group, and in collaboration with its development partners and Non-Governmental Organisations, all necessary actions to continue to support the global initiatives against HIV/AIDS, such as the Global Fund to fight against Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFATM) and national and regional programmes geared to mitigate HIV/AIDS infections through intra-ACP cooperation.
- The CTA and FAO, together with other partners, work in the area of the impact of the pandemic on the agricultural sector and the rural communities (see http://www.cta.int).