Welcome to FORCE
Title: Fisheries and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt (FORCE)
Programme: FP7, Cooperation; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (KBBE)
Instrument: Coordination and Support Action
Duration: November 2011 – April 2014
Coordinator: National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, CAIRO, EGYPT
Consortium: 4 partners from 3 countries
FORCE "Fisheries and aquaculture-oriented research capacity in Egypt" is designed to strengthen the capacity of the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries of Egypt (NIOF) to carry out research activities that aim to support the implementation of sound policies based on a scientific basis for sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Egypt, as well as in the entire Mediterranean North African region. FORCE will enable NIOF to fill the scientific and technological gap, which at present is one of the key factors that hinder the further development of sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture.
The overall objectives of FORCE are; to identify the potential for more efficient collaboration between research institutions, that are focused on fisheries and aquaculture as a means of scientific and technological development and increasing sustainable yield, based in the EU and NIOF; to support NIOF in the development of a "toolbox" to assess the environmental impact of aquaculture activities; to disseminate the best practices and raise awareness among scientists, fishery inspectors and policy makers. FORCE will promote the principles and objectives outlined in the Horizon 2020 framework and EU Marine Strategies thus supporting the attainment of competent sustainable management of fisheries. FORCE will enhance the participation of Egypt in EU funded research programmes by giving NIOF the opportunity to coordinate an FP7 project.