Who We Are?
The Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO)
has evolved from the erstwhile Bay of Bengal Programme of the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The establishment of the BOBP-IGO was conceived during the early
stages of the Third Phase of the BOBP (1994 - 2000) and finally
endorsed through a resolution at the 24th Meeting of the Advisory
Committee of the erstwhile BOBP, held at Phuket, Thailand in October
1999 (Phuket Resolution).
The BOBP-IGO Agreement was formally signed by the Governments of
Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka at Chennai on 26 April 2003 and by
the Government of Maldives at Chennai on 21 May 2003 (BOBP-IGO
Agreement - Click Here)
What is Our Mission?
Our mission is to promote, facilitate and secure the long-term
development and utilisation of coastal fisheries resources of the
Bay of Bengal based on responsible fishing practices and
environmentally sound management programs.
What is Our Goal ?
Our goal is to connect member countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help their fisher folk build a better life.
What are Our Objectives?
Our core objectives are to:
and knowledge of the needs, benefits and practices of coastal
through training and education;
appropriate technologies and techniques for development of
regional information networking; and
participation in coastal fisheries development
at all levels.
What Sets Us
The BOBP-IGO is a unique regional fisheries body, specifically
mandated to assist the member countries in increasing the livelihood
opportunities and improving the quality of life of the small-scale/
artisanal fisher folk in the Bay of Bengal region (Click
here for Map). Our forerunner,
the BOBP, with a relentless focus on quality and objectivity, has
already set international benchmarks in execution of programs and
activities in the field of small-scale fisheries that has translated
into measurable benefits for the member countries.
Currently, member governments are Bangladesh,
India, Maldives and