The Regional Validation Workshop for the Promoting the Blue Economy and Strengthening Fisheries Governance of the Gulf of Thailand through the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (GoTFish Project) was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 16–17 March 2022 via the online platform . The Workshop brought together the representatives from prospective executing partners, namely: SEAFDEC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), University of Queensland, and Gulf of Thailand (GoT) countries (Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam), civil society organizations, non-government organizations, academia, research institutions, development partners, and other relevant stakeholders. The aim of the Workshop were to present the findings from a series of consultations and validate the overall project framework and approaches to the activities before the final submission of the ProDoc to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in April 2022.
The GoTFish Project is a five-year project is aimed at improving natural resource governance in the GoT through the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) to contribute to the broader regional fisheries objectives of the South China Sea Strategic Action Programme (SCS-SAP), with the Component 1 was executed by SEAFDEC would focus on strengthening regional transboundary governance and cooperation of GoT fisheries. The Project has been in the process of the Project Preparation Grant Phase for submission to the GEF CEO endorsement in April 2022.