From the publishers announcement: Human capacity development in fisheries is increasingly recognized as a high priority, especially as regards to meeting the targets set by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in the areas of global reporting and assessment of the state of the environment by 2004, implementing recent International Plans of Action (e.g. on fishing capacity by 2005, and on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing by 2004), applying the ecosystem approach by 2012 and maintaining or restoring fish stocks by 2015. A special focus on human capacity development is particularly important now, partly because of new approaches to fisheries management and also because of changes in the international development context driven by the failure of many previous development initiatives and the realization of the key role that capacity development must play in supporting sustainable development. This discussion paper first presents conceptual ideas on capacity development, then examines capacity development needs in fisheries, past approaches to capacity development (both in fisheries and other sectors) and key lessons that can be drawn from them. A review of current approaches assesses ongoing initiatives, leading to a discussion on the wide range of possible delivery mechanisms. Finally, a strategy for human capacity development in fisheries is introduced, along with related actions and models followed by some key recommendations on research topics.
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