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Prix Equateur 2014

l’Association AGIR a été annoncé  lauréat du prix Equateur 2014 parmi plus de 1200 candidats appartenant à 121 Pays .

A response to high rates of poverty, poor access to basic social services, and low employment opportunities, this association is working to strengthen the small-scale fisheries sector around Al-Hoceima National Park through capacity building, the establishment of monitoring and surveillance committees to combat illegal fishing and the introduction of sustainable fishing techniques (and elimination of illegal fishing practices). Communities are positioned as leaders in creating marine resource management plans and strategies. A sustainable fishing cooperative has improved local fishermen incomes and generated more than EUR 650,000 of revenue since it was launched. The group has created successful prohibitions on illegal fishing (including dynamite fishing, driftnets, etc.) through community monitoring systems. The use of geo-location devices has significantly reduced trawling in coastal breeding areas and led to the protection of over 1,900 hectares of coastal and marine biodiversity