At its 16th Session in 2012, the Commission adopted the Resolution 12/10 To promote implementation of Conservation and Management Measures already adopted by IOTC, which establishes a special fund for capacity building activities. Resolution 12/10 tasks the IOTC Secretariat to contact international organisations, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations to seek voluntary financial contribution. As a result, the IOTC Secretariat has contacted several organisations and was able to develop a work program of capacity building activities.
Current capacity building activities are:
The activities and methodology:
Compliance Support Mission - With regards to the implementation of IOTC CMMs, the proposed activity is related to the assessment of the level of compliance of CPC, taking into consideration the compliance issues addressed during the Compliance Committee and the Commission meetings. The purpose of the assessment is to identify and to facilitate corrective actions. The assessment allows the concerned parties to gain a clear understanding of the difficulties encountered by the CPC and the challenges they face to implement the IOTC Resolutions at the policy, legal, institutional/administrative and operational levels. The main outcome of the CSM is the development of a corrective action plan, which is designed to assist the CPC to improve and/or strengthen the implementation of the Resolutions.
The methodology comprises as well follow up Compliance Support Missions to provide support to the implementation of the plan of actions elaborated during the first CSM and assess the progress of the implementation of the plan of actions.
CSM undertaken so far: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Oman, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Comoros, Somalia, Maldives, Iran.
Follow up of CSM: Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Mauritius.
Upcoming CSM: Philippines (please contact the Secretariat for further information).
Regional workshops - The objective of the activity is to strengthen the CPCs understanding of the objectives of the IOTC and increase their ability to implement Resolutions adopted by the Commission. Specifically, the activity seeks to improve the knowledge and understanding of CPCs with regards to their obligations, and improve implementation of, and compliance with, IOTC Resolutions.
Regional workshops undertaken so far: Western IOTC Countries (Mauritius Workshop, August 2013, download the report), Eastern IOTC countries (Malaysia Workshop, February 2014, download the report).
Upcoming regional workshops: Western IOTC Countries (Mauritius, 2015), Eastern IOTC countries (2016).
Review fisheries law / regulations of CPCs - The objective of this activity is to provide assistance to CPCs to translate the relevant obligations in IOTC Resolutions into binding national legal requirements in order to enhance the effective of implementation and compliance. The activity is related to the preparation of an IOTC “Regulation Framework” which would present the specific obligations in IOTC Resolutions in legal drafting language for incorporation into national legislative frameworks, and to provide overall guidance to CPCs on the process of transposing the IOTC “regulation framework” into the national legislation.
PSM legal assistance - The objective of this activity is to provide assistance to CPCs to translate the relevant PSM obligations of IOTC Resolution 16/11 into binding national legal requirements in order to enhance the effective of implementation of port State measures at national level. A model PSM template regulation has been produced and is available in 3 languages:
National PSM training course - The activity is related to the administrative and operational aspects of the implementation of the Resolution 16/11. A training package has been developed, which includes a manual, a species identification guide, a translation guide, a notebook, a training programme and as well an inspectors kit and a PSM library. (Available for download at http://www.iotc.org/compliance/port-state-measures) The PSMR training is composed of a theory and a practical component where port inspections are conducted. The methodology comprises as well of follow up missions to provide support to the implementation of the Resolution 16/11 and assess the progress of the implementation of the port State measures Resolution 16/11.
PSM training courses undertaken so far: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Oman, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa (Cape Town), Thailand, Malaysia, Djibouti, Somalia, Maldives.
Follow up of PSM: Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Mauritius.
Regional PSM training course - The objective of the activity is to increase the Port State Control capacity of the developing States - coastal CPCs of the IOTC on implementing operational aspects of the PSM resolution related to national interagency collaboration and regional cooperation (Advance Request of Entry in Port, port inspection and follow up actions).
Regional PSM training course undertaken so far: Western IOTC Countries (Madagascar, October 2015, consult the training documents). Upcoming Regional PSM training course: Eastern IOTC countries (2016).
e-PSM - The objective of the activity is to develop an information system / web-based application accessible through the IOTC web site (e-PSM), to support the implementation of IOTC resolutions on Port State Measures (Resolution 16/11, 05/03 and 12/05), thus facilitating the implementation of the Resolutions on Port State Control adopted by the Commission.
Consultation workshop on e-PSM:1 to 4 April 2014 (Johannesburg, South Africa), download the report.
Feasibility study report and technical specifications of the e-PSM application, download the report.
Regional Training course on e-PSM: June 2015 (Maputo, Mozambique), consult the training documents.
Upcoming activities include the following (please contact the Secretariat for further information):