FAO-CITES Regional consultative workshop on capacity assessments for the implementation of new CITES listings of sharks and manta rays (Casablanca, Morocco, 11-13 February 2014)

The event was organized by FAO, CITES and INFOSAMAK and was attended by representatives from fisheries agencies and CITES authorities from ten West African countries, representatives from the EU and Regional Fisheries Bodies. Staffs from CITES Secretariat were present in order to assist participants to understand CITES requirements and support them in their decision-making.

This was the first in a series of three planned regional consultative workshops in a main objective to assess the capacity and needs of fishing nations in West Africa to comply with the new CITES listings. It was a meaningful gathering for the fishing nations in the region to identify the main technical and institutional issues concerned.

A CITES Secretariat staff gave a presentation on requirements for the implementation of the new listings, and helped drafting Casablanca Declaration which was agreed by all participants as a final outcome of the workshop along with the strategic roadmap.

CITES Secretariat expects that result of the workshop will serve as a firm basis for capacity development actions in the region. We will work on preparing for the following joint workshops from the lessons learnt in the event.