Sida’s marine initiative and Swedish support for cooperation with ASEAN-SEAFDEC
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On 29th August 2003, an Agreement was signed between the National Swedish Board of Fisheries (NBF) and SEAFDEC for Human Resource Development on the Support of Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Management for the ASEAN Region. Activities under the Agreement are funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Agreement lasts from 2003 to 2006, and marks the starting point for Sida cooperation with SEAFDEC. It will be implemented through the NBF for immediate follow-up. This article describes the context within which the support is being provided, seen from the perspective of a Sida proposal named Marine Initiative. The article draws on documents pertaining to the Marine Initiative, which was launched in 2001 by Sida’s Department for Natural Resources and Environment.