The ocean is a bridge, not a chasm
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CTA. 1998. The ocean is a bridge, not a chasm. Spore 77. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The shared ocean ISBN 92 828 3186 8, 1998. Published by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Development Information Unit Rue de la Loi 200 B 1049 Brussels Belgium Fax: +32 2 299 3002 Website: http://europa.eu.int/
Oceans always have been the gateways to meetings between cultures, to trade and to seafood. They also symbolise the cooperation between the European, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, laid down in the Lomé convention. Again here the ocean represents not a frontier, but a common heritage of precious and fragile riches. Similarly, the seas know no frontiers either for fish or pollution. Cooperation is and remains essential for the conservation of this marine heritage. Such poetic imagery is the basis of the European Commission's recently published booklet 'The shared ocean', which gives an account of various examples of projects between EU and ACP States. These vary from protecting and exploiting natural resources, managing fisheries and improving shipping or access to ports, to ensuring that tourist developments are integrated into local communities. One example describes support to non-industrial fishing in The Gambia. Besides higher fish consumption, which replaces expensive food imports, there have been several indirect effects. New fishing, drying and smoking methods have been developed and a modest export of fish has begun. The non-industrial fishing is now continuing without external support. Another example is the improvement of the communication management along transport routes from African landlocked countries to the nearest ports (also see the dossier on infrastructure on pages 3-5 of this issue). It describes how the development of an information system (SIAM) to manage the movement of goods in such corridors as between Zimbabwe and Beira in Mozambique or between Ouagadougou and Abidjan. Besides the rapid quantifiable results, the most interesting consequence is the growing awareness of a common interest between port authorities, shippers and governments of the various countries. ISBN 92 828 3186 8, 1998. Published by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Development Information Unit Rue de la Loi 200 B 1049 Brussels Belgium Fax: +32 2 299 3002 Website: http://europa.eu.int/