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IACA Webinars

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IACA Webinars

Webinar Series

TACKLING CORRUPTION IN FISHERIES: Vulnerabilities, contributing factors and solution approaches

Jointly organized by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)

About

Marine fisheries are a critical resource for fulfilling economic, food and nutrition security as well as the cultural needs of millions of people around the world. For millennia, fish stocks replenished themselves with ease, but this is no longer the case. The global COVID-19 pandemic has struck at a time when the ocean was already under increasing threat from climate change, pollution and overfishing According to the latest report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, more than 34 per cent of global fish stocks are already fished at biologically unsustainable levels[1].

The sustainable management of fisheries is therefore more important than ever. Yet, sincere efforts are constantly undermined by several illegal activities, with corruption being a transversal factor. As highlighted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime the sector’s “sheer complexity brings with it regulatory and enforcement challenges, and provides numerous opportunities for criminals to break the law”[2]. Surprisingly, the issue of corruption in fisheries has long remained out of the public attention.

In this new series “Tackling corruption in fisheries: Vulnerabilities, supporting factors and solution approaches”, jointly organized by the International Anti-Corruption Academy and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, specific webinars will explore the issue of corruption in the fisheries sector, emphasising specific areas that are most prone to the problem.

 

[1]    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2020), “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture”

[2]    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2019), “Rotten Fish – A guide on addressing corruption in the fisheries sector”

FISHING IN THE DARK:
Beneficial ownership in the fisheries sector

NOV 10, 2020 15:00 CET

About

Our ocean is under increasing threat from climate change, pollution and overexploitation; aspects that have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sustainable management of fisheries is therefore more important than ever. Yet, sincere efforts are constantly undermined by illegal activities, including various forms of corruption. This cross-cutting factor has received surprisingly little attention, although there is substantial evidence to suggest that corruption in fisheries is perceived to be widespread and highly damaging. The complexity of the fisheries sector, characterised by often long supply chains, as well as a combination of corporate structures and welcoming jurisdictions that protect the identity of owners, makes the sector particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of beneficial ownership secrecy.

TRANSPARENCY AT WORK:
Lessons learned from Africa

February 2021

About

Strengthening transparency is often seen as an effective and pragmatic tool to tackle corruption in fisheries. However, even with a greater public interest in the fisheries sector, basic information still often remains out of the public domain, diminishing the prospect of effective oversight and accountability.

This webinar will highlight practical insights from transparency efforts in several African countries, providing clear guidance for fisheries stakeholders (especially policy makers) on how to conduct activities for the implementation of transparency endeavours.

Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM CET

About

Investigative journalism is crucial in unveiling matters of public interest that would otherwise remain concealed, and in this way it plays a key role of informing the public and holding governments, businesses and organisations accountable. Through investigative journalism, often characterised by time-intensive, costly and highly risky operations, many cases of corruption have been revealed. The emergence of the COVID -19 pandemic has impacted on many aspects of the global economy and system including the work of investigative journalists. It’s sudden, unprecedented, global and deadly effects has warranted often emergency responses and have posed great challenges and corruption risks in attempts to curb it. This panel discussion is aimed at unpacking how the pandemic has impacted on investigative journalism. During this panel, the panelists will discuss among many other issues the following broad questions;

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted investigative journalism and its ability to expose corruption?
  • What are the case examples, trends and patterns of corruption linked to the pandemic?
  • What are the personal experiences of journalists doing investigative journalism during the pandemic?
  • What are the threats to investigative journalism & journalists post COVID-19, and what are the impacts?

Previous webinars

RED FLAGS ALONG THE VALUE CHAIN:
Fishing authorisations and landing documentation

SEP 30, 2020 15:00 CET

About

The first webinar of this series, Red flags along the value chain: Fishing authorisations and landing documentation, will have a look at how corruption can occur in the process of obtaining the rights to fish and the landing of catches at port (or trans-shipping at sea). These two stages of a fisheries value chain are in particular prone to the risk of corruption. This webinar will analyse the specific vulnerabilities to corruption when obtaining fishing authorisations (e.g. bribery, embezzlement and conflict of interests) as well as providing landing documentation, and will identify concrete actions for prevention and detection.

The webinar facilitator will address the following questions:

  • What are the specific vulnerabilities and risk areas when obtaining fishing authorisations and during the provision of landing documentation?
  • What are the key drivers and enablers of corruption in these stages of the fisheries value chain?
  • What are the consequences of corruption in these stages of the fisheries value chain?
  • What concrete actions could be taken to address these problems?
Wednesday, 9 Sep, 2020 15:00 CET

Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Investigative journalism is crucial in unveiling matters of public interest that would otherwise remain concealed, and in this way it plays a key role of informing the public and holding governments, businesses and organisations accountable. Through investigative journalism, often characterised by time-intensive, costly and highly risky operations, many cases of corruption have been revealed.

Recorded Webinar

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

Minimising Bribery and Corruption in the Time of Covid-19

The aim of this event will prove to be a very simple one: we must not let the pandemic become the excuse for our democracies to become more corrupt and more illiberal, and the proto-authoritarian leaders among us to become more anti-democratic.

Recorded Webinar

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

Corruption in Fisheries:
A Key Obstacle for Resilient Oceans

This webinar, jointly organized by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), will address the key drivers of corruption, the effects and different approaches to tackle this global problem.

Recorded Webinar

Thursday, 9 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

International Anti-Corruption in Procurement: Lessons from the Pandemic

We are pleased to invite all interested professionals to join us for this interactive webinar on the effects of emergency procurement in the Covid-19 era.

Recorded Webinar

Monday, 8 June 2020, at 14:00 CET

Whistleblowing and whistleblower protections in the Covid-19 era

We are pleased to invite all interested professionals to join us for this interactive webinar on whistleblowing and their protection in the Covid-19 era.

Recorded Webinar

Wednesday, 9 Sep, 2020 15:00 CET

Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Investigative journalism is crucial in unveiling matters of public interest that would otherwise remain concealed, and in this way it plays a key role of informing the public and holding governments, businesses and organisations accountable. Through investigative journalism, often characterised by time-intensive, costly and highly risky operations, many cases of corruption have been revealed.

Minimising Bribery and Corruption in the Time of Covid-19

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

The aim of this event will prove to be a very simple one: we must not let the pandemic become the excuse for our democracies to become more corrupt and more illiberal, and the proto-authoritarian leaders among us to become more anti-democratic.

Recorded Webinar

Corruption in Fisheries:
A Key Obstacle for Resilient Oceans

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

This webinar, jointly organized by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), will address the key drivers of corruption, the effects and different approaches to tackle this global problem.

Recorded Webinar

International Anti-Corruption in Procurement:
Lessons from the Pandemic

Thursday, 9 July 2020, at 15:00 CET

We are pleased to invite all interested professionals to join us for this interactive webinar on the effects of emergency procurement in the Covid-19 era.

Recorded Webinar

Whistleblowing and whistleblower protections in the Covid-19 era

We are pleased to invite all interested professionals to join us for this interactive webinar on the effects of emergency procurement in the Covid-19 era.

Recorded Webinar

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