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Conserving Aquatic Biodiversity in African Blue Economy In Africa, overexploitation of aquatic organisms for food and income remains a potent threat to resources sustainability in Africa aquatic environments. Thus the need to strengthen capacity of AU member states and regional institutions for protection and sustainable exploitation of living resources within their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) is identified as priority in preserving aquatic biodiversity to ensure sustainable contribution to food security, livelihoods and wealth creation. The concern and actions towards the protection and conservation of aquatic biodiversity is embedded in the five thematic areas of Africa Blue Economy Strategy with the thematic number five (governance) dedicated to ensuring the overall coherence and coordination of all measures taken and implemented. More specifically, thematic areas 1 (Fishery and Aquaculture), 2 (shipping and maritime trade), 3 (Climate change and environment) and 4 (Energy and mining) have a set of protection and conservation actions for aquatic biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Consequently, through support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for animal resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing the project on ‘Conserving Aquatic Biodiversity in African Blue Economy, from October 2021 to October 2024 (3 year duration). AU-IBAR is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the project, under the political leadership of the AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) who will provide political leadership. The beneficiaries as well as partners in the implementation of this project include the AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Specialized Regional Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, Women and Youth. The project will also establish strong partnerships and collaboration with national, regional and continental projects to minimize duplications and generate synergies in interventions.
The objective of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy (ABES) is to guide the development of an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that becomes a significant contributorto continental transformation and growth, through advancing knowledge on marine and aquatic biotechnology, environmental sustainability, marine ecosystem utilization, management and conservation and carbon sequestration, the growth of an Africa-wide shipping industry, the development of sea,river and lake transport, the management of fishing activities on these aquatic spaces, and the exploitation and beneficiation of deep sea mineral and other marine resources.
Improving Food Security and Reducing Poverty through intra-regional Fish Trade in sub-Saharan Africa
Animal Health & Transboundary Animal Diseases
AU-IBAR is contributing to the development of the largest sectors of the current African aquatic and ocean based economy – namely: fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, ports, coastal mining, energy and the blue economy.
AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union (AU). AU-IBAR is at the forefront of reducing the impact of transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses on livelihoods and public health in Africa.
This collection provides information on work that is being rendered towards the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LIDeSA) - A 20 years (2015-2035) strategy geared towards addressing Africa’s development needs and challenges. The strategy is aligned to the ongoing regional strategies, policy frameworks and guidelines; and is coherent with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Frameworks and Agenda at the Continental, Regional Economic Community (REC) and Member States (MS) levels. The LiDeSA embraces “business unusual” approaches and focuses on encouraging increased investments from both public and private sources for the transformation of the sector to enhance its contribution to socio-economic development and equitable growth.
Since its creation in 1951, the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), then known as Interafrican Bureau of Epizootic Diseases (IBEC) - had published a yearbook to share sanitary information and promote transparency on animal health matters in Africa. The first edition of the “Bulletin of Epizootics in Africa”, the precursor to the PARYB, which was published in March 1953 advocates for transparency in disease reporting in line with international standards, an obligation that is still being expounded to date.
Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), or small ruminant plague, is a highly infectious and devastating disease of goats and sheep. When a fully susceptible flock is infected, morbidity and mortality rates can be very high. The disease has significant impact on livelihoods, in particular the livelihoods of small holders (4). This document, the Pan African Strategy for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) (hereinafter, the Pan African PPR Strategy 2015) describes a framework for the control and eradication of PPR in Africa by 2030. It also describesthe improvement of veterinary services as a synergistic and complementary action to the control and eradication of PPR, while providing countries with the option to control other priority small ruminant diseases (SRDs).