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SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Final Review Meeting Convened via Teleconference

SEAFDEC met the representatives of the Embassy of Sweden for the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Final Review Meeting through teleconferencing on 23 April 2020. The Meeting started with the welcome statements by the SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Ms. Malinee Smithrithee, and by the Head of Development Cooperation Regional Asia and the Pacific, Embassy of Sweden, Ms. Åsa Hedén. The Final Meeting aimed at presenting the achievements as well as the challenges and lessons learned by the Project during its whole period of implementation from 2013 to 2019. The Meeting highlighted the deliverable results in line with the Project’s objectives which focused on strengthening capacity among the ASEAN Member States (AMSs) on the management of fisheries and habitats, management of fishing capacity, and combating IUU fishing through regional and sub-regional cooperation (i.e., sub-regions of the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, and Mekong River Basin). Through the funding support from the Government of Sweden to SEAFDEC, the Project strengthened the capacity of SEAFDEC, AMSs, and local communities to address several cross-cutting issues including social well-being, human rights, livelihood, and gender integration in small-scale fisheries. Several activities of the Project would be continued such as on transboundary fisheries resources, combating IUU fishing, gender equality, and sub-regional cooperation.