RFLP holds inception seminar
The project ‘Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Program (RFLP) for South
and Southeast Asia’ is funded by the Kingdom of Spain. The project
valued at US$ 19.54 million channelled through FAO held its inception
workshop at the Pegasus Reef Hotel, Wattala recently.
The project will operate for four years in Cambodia, Indonesia,
Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. The Sri Lankan
component of the project will be implemented by the Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources Ministry in coordination with the United Nations Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The workshop was inaugurated by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Ministry Secretary G. Piyasena.
Fisheries Department Director General Pathirana,, National Project
Coordinator Nandasena, Planning and Development, Acting Director General
Indra Ranasinghe, Representatives of the Spanish Government and
representatives of stakeholder Government agencies, NGOs and fishing
community leaders and fish processors/exporters totalling over 60 were
At the workshop, consultation of stakeholders was held through small
working groups involving representatives of Government, NGOs and fishery
related community based organizations to seek their views on the best
approaches and methods to be adopted in meeting the RFLP objectives.