The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union. The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. AU-IBAR’s intervention in the fisheries and aquaculture sector is guided by the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), which is aimed at improving governance of the sector for increased sustainable contribution to food security, livelihoods and wealth creation. Also within the framework of the African Union Agenda 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth. The Global Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy was organized in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2018. African leaders at the Conference directed the African Union to work with relevant stakeholders to develop a blueprint of Africa’s Blue Economy Strategy that will guide sustainable development and utilization of resources of the Oceans, Seas, Lakes and Rivers for blue economy growth and livelihoods. Accordingly, the African Union Inter-African Bureau Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) was requested by H.E The Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission to lead the process of formulation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy. The Africa Blue Economy Strategy1 was eventually developed and subsequently endorsed in October 2019 by the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE). The Blue Economy Action Plan was elaborated in September 2020, endorsed by the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE) in October 2019 and subsequently adopted by the African Union Executive Council in February 2020. In this regard, a consultancy contract was signed between the blue economy team of experts and AU-IBAR on the 24th of September 2020. The objective of the consultancy was to prepare the current Blue Governance Framework.
|Publisher||The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources|
|Commissioning body||African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|