Cape Verde approved in the International Fisheries Transparency Initiative – FiTi

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Cape Verde approved in the International Fisheries Transparency Initiative – FiTi
Cape Verde approved in the International Fisheries Transparency Initiative – FiTi

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The International Council of FiTi (Fisheries Transparency Initiative) approved, on the 16th of February, Cape Verde’s candidacy for the global initiative. It is the fifth country to join globally and the second in West Africa.

The approval of Cape Verde’s candidacy to FiTi, says the Government, is a first and important step towards establishing and maintaining high levels of transparency in the management of the fishing sector and achieving the commitment to sustainable development, assumed at the United Nations.

This global initiative will allow Cape Verde to have instruments for managing its resources, not only for participating internationally in this data sharing system, but also for understanding the future impacts and consequences of climate change and illegal fishing.

Cape Verde’s Application for Candidacy was discussed and revised by the Council during its 20th meeting, which took place on the 16th of this month, as stated on the platform’s website.

The fifth country to join

“I am pleased to announce that the International Council of FiTI has approved Cape Verde’s candidacy, making Cape Verde the fifth country to achieve the important milestone of a FiTI Candidate Country,” said FiTi PCA Valeria Merino in her official letter. of recognition, addressed to the national leader of the initiative for Cape Verde, Iolanda Brites.

As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), he stressed, Cape Verde represents an example of how SIDS can and should move towards improving the management of their fisheries through transparency and collective action.

The country’s first challenge will be to produce its first FiTi report, by the end of the current year, covering the calendar year 2022, with a range of information on fisheries management, including laws and policy documents, information on the health of fish stocks , fishing access agreements, as well as important data on large-scale (industrial) and small-scale (artisanal) fishing in Cape Verde.

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