The Regional Workshop is being organized by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Sri Lanka Council of Agricultural Research and Policy (SLCARP), Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan, and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in collaboration with National Aquatic Resource Research and Development Agency (NARA), National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA), Marine Environment Protection Agency (MEPA) and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development and Rural Economy, Sri Lanka.
1. To assess the current status of underutilized FMGR at regional level and to assess R&D status of priority species those are needed to be promoted for the use in food and agriculture.
2. To discuss the knowledge gaps and way forward in defining regional priorities concerning underutilized FMGR and create awareness on the role and value of underutilized FMGR that have potential for diversification of food basket and improve the livelihoods of rural and coastal population.
3. To formulate strategies for strengthening the institutional framework for FMGR management, and legal and policy framework to promote conservation and sustainable use of underutilized FMGR at regional level.