Climate Change implications for fishing communities in the Lake Chad Basin. FAO/Lake Chad Basin Commission Workshop, 18–20 November 2011, N'djamena, Chad.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 25

Climate change implications for
fishing communities in the Lake
Chad Basin
What have we learned and what can we do better?

FAO/Lake Chad Basin Commission Workshop
18–20 November 2011
N'Djamena, Chad


Edited by

Cassandra De Young
Policy and Economics Division
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Rome, Italy

and

Antonia Hjort
Sinéad Sheridan
Sandy Davies

Nordenfjeldske Development Services (NFDS)
Gaborone, Botswana


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ABSTRACT

De Young, C., Hjort, A., Sheridan, S. & Davies, S.
Climate Change implications for fishing communities in the Lake Chad Basin. FAO/Lake Chad Basin Commission Workshop, 18–20 November 2011, N'djamena, Chad.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings. No. 25. Rome. FAO. 2012. 84 pp.

These Proceedings include (1) the report of and (2) the background paper prepared for the Workshop on climate change implications for fishing communities in the Lake Chad Basin: What have we learned and what can we do better? The Workshop was hosted by the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) from 18 to 20 November 2011, attended by the Lake Chad Basin countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and financed through a Japanese-funded, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)-implemented, project component on Fisheries management and marine conservation within a changing ecosystem context (GCP/INT/253/JPN), in collaboration with LCBC. Presentation topics included: the hydrology of the Lake Chad region, national contexts of climate change and fisheries, identification and reduction of climate change vulnerability in the fisheries of the Lake Chad Basin and an overview of current projects on Lake Chad. Discussions largely focused on: hydrology and climate trends of the Lake Chad basin, national perspectives on impacts and adaptations of climate change, current natural resources projects in the Lake Chad Basin and recommendations for actions to increase adaptability and resilience to be carried out. The Workshop recommended that there is more coordinated action and information sharing regarding natural resources, and increased cooperation between LCBC member State governments to support and strengthen existing political commitments in the Lake Chad Basin for effective aquatic resource use management to ensure sustainable development of land and aquatic based activities in the basin.


CONTENTS

Preparation of this document
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations, acronyms and conversions


Workshop summary

 

1.

Opening of the meeting and arrangement of the sessions

 

2.

Introduction of participants and agenda

 

3.

Background and objectives of the Workshop

 

4.

Hydrology of the Lake Chad Basin

 

5.

National perspectives on fisheries and climate change

 

6.

Overview of climate change vulnerability of the fisheries in the Lake Chad Basin

 

7.

Group discussions on national and regional impacts of climate change

 

8.

Recommendations on adaptation actions

 

9.

Recommendations based on country group discussions on climate change impacts and adaptations information from the countries

 

10.

Discussions on relevant ongoing projects within the LCB

 

11.

Summary and recommendations

 

12.

Closing of the Workshop

 

Annex 1 – List of participants

Annex 2 – Agenda

 

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

 

Identification and reduction of climate change vulnerability in the fisheries of the Lake Chad Basin


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