ALCOM Working Groups in Joint Meeting By Boyd Haight T he Working Group on the Future of ALCOM, and...

ALCOM Working Groups in Joint Meeting

By Boyd Haight
The Working Group on the Future of ALCOM, and the ALCOM Management Working Group, which have almost the same composition, held a joint meeting 4-6 October in Harare.

The Working Group on the Future of ALCOM reviewed the status of the revised project outline for SADC Project AAA.4.7(1) ALCOM. It noted that the Government of Malawi had allocated funds specifically for the IFSTCU (Inland Fisheries Technical Coordination Unit), where it was proposed to accommodate ALCOM after 1996.

The Working Group recommended that the IFSTCU formally submit the revised project outline to Sida with a request for support to strengthen the regional coordination, information and aquaculture development functions of the IFSTCU in the context of the revised ALCOM project outline, with continued FAO involvement in project formulation and execution.

The Working Group also heard presentations from ICLARM and the PD/A CRSP on their activities in Southern Africa (see ALCOM News No. 20).

ALCOM's Management Working Group reviewed the January - September 1995 progress report. It rated progress satisfactory in general, although greater effort was needed in two areas: collection and evaluation of economic data on the impact and benefits of small-scale fish farming; elaboration and testing of codes of practice for utilization of fish species. It was noted that the results of the first production cycle under the pilot project in Morogoro, Tanzania should provide a good case study of economic impact, while the species codes of practice were still being elaborated by FAO Rome and should be ready for field testing in early 1996.

The Working Group reviewed the process for preparing the 1996 work plan. It would carry forward activities agreed within the 1995 planning framework and detailed work plans, with adjustments for progress and problems. The aim was to attain planned outputs by the end of the current funding cycles for Swedish and Belgian funded projects in December 1996 and August 1997, respectively.

These outputs would contribute to attaining ALCOM's Phase III objectives, which were originally planned to be addressed in a five-year Phase III. ALCOM held pilot project team meetings in November to review progress and plan activities for 1996 (see the article on page 13).