Taiwan is one of the most important partners for fisheries and aquaculture in the region. (Photo: www.rree.gob.sv)
Taiwan donates over USD 600 million to support fisheries and aquaculture
Friday, December 24, 2010, 14:20 (GMT + 9)
The region of Central America has received USD 641 million from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to implement the second phase of the project "Support for the integration of fisheries and aquaculture in Central America" (Pripesca).
The project aims to promote sustainable development of artisanal fisheries in the region and is being carried out by the Organisation for the Fishing and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (Ospesca), a member of the Central American Integration System (SICA), in partnership with the Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health (Oirsa).
The grant was handed over by the Taiwanese ambassador in El Salvador, Carlos Liao, and was received by the executive director of Oirsa, Guillermo Alvarado Downing, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador.
This contribution will add to the USD 5 million that was funded by Taiwan for the first phase of the project. At that time, they were implementing management plans for inland water bodies, the prototypes were conducted with fishermen and fish farmers, with activities for "seeding the sea" and repopulating the seas, among other activities.
At the same time, visits were made to local producers in Taiwan in order to exchange knowledge and experiences.
Taiwan has vast experience in implementing technology for the development and organization of fisheries and aquaculture. Furthermore, natural conditions are quite similar to those of Central America, making it a benchmark for regional development approved in this sector.
The Regional Management Plan for Continental Fisheries and Aquaculture has the goal of improving social and economic conditions of the population by supporting the implementation of strategies considered in the Policy for Integration of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Dr. Juan Daniel Alemán Gurdian, Secretary General of SICA, explained that this cooperation will allow for the continuation of the implementation of the 'big four components related to the regional management of inland fisheries."
This includes inter-institutional strengthening of the fisheries and the coordinated management of water resources and regional aquaculture. All this with "harmonic methodologies for sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture."
Taiwan is one of the most important partners for the Central American Integration System and in particular to fisheries and aquaculture in the region.
Among the highlights are major contributions that support the development of the Policy for the Integration of Fisheries and Aquaculture, which is valid until 2014.
- Taiwan donates to Central American fisheries
By Silvina Corniola