Marine Protected Areas (MPAs):
GAA team examine the needs and concerns of local communities concerning MPA’s and demonstrate the potential benefits of implementing MPA’s.
- Review and critically analyses existing issues on MPA’s in Africa to identify gaps which need to be addressed and opportunities for progress including in the context of achieving the SDGs.
- Examine the needs and concerns of local communities concerning MPA’s and demonstrate the potential benefits of implementing MPA’s for coastal communities.
- Agree a process for developing MPA’s engagement structure in Africa.
GAA team identifying gaps which need to be addressed and opportunities for progress including in the context of achieving 30×30 (Seascape Analysis) at the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.
- To impacts traditional management, the transmission of indigenous and local knowledge and the potential for the sharing of benefits arising from the use and ability of IPLCs to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity that benefits the broader society.
- Safe havens for more and bigger fish + species diversity
- Healthy and resilient ocean ecosystems and species that can better withstand and recover from climate impacts.
- Climate change mitigation: protecting coastal habitats that sequester and store carbon like mangroves and sea grasses. Livelihoods and food for all.
- Reduce ocean risk from extreme weather events and sea level rise through protecting coastal natural defense systems, like reefs and mangroves.
Environmental and Occupational Safety for Fish Farmers in Rural Coastal Communities.
Aquatic Foods as a critical component to reducing poverty, ensuring a secure nutritious food supply & bridging the gap on food wastage management solutions and combatting the worst effects of climate change in Africa.
Global Aid for Africa (GAA) works to secure a healthy, sustainable future and achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.Blue Food from the sea is necessary to alleviate food crises in many developing countries, providing a valuable supplement to a diverse and nutritious diet.
That is why Africa Small Scale Fisheries Coalition (ASSFC), coordinated and supervised by Global Aid for Africa (GAA), blue food program is working on 1) Protect and develop the potential of aquatic/blue foods to help end malnutrition, 2) Support the central role of small-scale actors in ocean and inland fisheries and aquaculture and 3) Bring aquatic/blue foods into the heart of food systems decision-making.
Occupational and Environmental Safety Training: Global Aid for Africa (GAA), through its Africa Small Scale Fisheries Coalition (ASSFC), is conducting research in coastal rural communities in Africa to train local fish farmers on occupational and environmental safety to protect and develop the potential of aquatic/blue foods to help end malnutrition in coastal rural communities by 2030.
Support Sustainable Development and Diversification of Fish Famers to Ensure Equitable Economic Opportunity in Nutrition.
Global Aid for Africa (GAA), introducing seaweed farming to coastal fish farmers to help in blue food production, provide cash crops and open new alternative employment to enhance the socio-economic welfare of coastal communities as well as offer practical training on seaweed farming and management of natural stocks of economically important seaweed species; improve technical knowledge about seaweeds and acquire practical skills in seaweed farming techniques, processing, and marketing. The aim is to support small-scale blue food actors in ocean and inland fisheries and aquaculture.
ASSFC Rebuilding Fish Stock.
Overfishing is widely acknowledged to be one of the major threats to marine biodiversity. GAA through its African Small-Scale Fisheries Coalition (ASSFC), promotes sustainable fisheries management for the benefit of both fishers and the environment. Overfishing not only dramatically reduces fish stocks – many of the fishing gears used also have devastating impacts on marine habitats and on non-target species such as dolphins and turtles; bottom trawling and by-catch are of particular concern. Overfishing can even cause shifts in the balance of entire marine ecosystems through the large-scale removal of predatory fish and the trend to “fish down the food web”. (ASSFC), Rebuild Fish Stock at the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.