In 2016 the COA continued to maintain strong relationships with a number of international agricultural organizations based in Taiwan, including the World Vegetable Center, the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region, and the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training. We also continued to participate in the Asian Productivity Organization, the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions, and the African-Asian Rural Development Organization, and to jointly organize and host international conferences in cooperation with various international organizations.
On the fisheries front, in 2016 the COA continued to participate in annual conferences and relevant working group meetings of a number of major international fisheries management organizations, including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), and the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC).
In addition, we attended both the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the 13th Meeting of the CoP of the Convention on Biodiversity, and the 9th meeting of Informal Consultation on International Cooperation for Conservation and Management of Eel Stock. In addition, the COA joined the “4 per 1000 Initiative”as a founding member.