Collaboration type: Awareness Creation and capacity building

About SDG14.4.1: The global indicator framework was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed to, as a practical starting point at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission held in March 2016. The target of y 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics.

The indicator with this target is the proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels. However, a tool to measure this complex indicator is missing, and FAO joined forces with BlueBRIDGE to develop a data service in a VRE for moderated training and future eLearning and capacity development.

Short description of the collaboration & main achievements in the period: On 21 and 22 November 2017, during the SDG 14.4.1 global training event, moderated by FAO’s FIAF Branch Chief Dr. Y.Ye, more than 20 participants from abroad, all responsible for national fisheries data reporting mainly from developing countries, spoke on the development of the capacity to report in-country, the background of the indicator, the process to develop the indicator, and the technical progress to collate and analyze fisheries data.

During the second day of the event the BlueBRIDGE VRE on SDG14.4.1 was used, mostly to run the embedded stock assessment algorithms, with CMSY particularly often used.

Plans for the future: Continued cooperation with FAO will enable the further development of the VRE (through an ongoing FAO in-kind contribution), that will be linked to the FAO eLearning platform (moodle) to provide capacity building services for developing countries that need to report on this complex indicator in 2019. The next version of the VRE is required by Q4 2019, and FAO will negotiate with D4Science on the exploitation model.