Climate change implications for fisheries of the Benguela Current region – Making the best of change.  FAO/Benguela Current Commission Workshop, 1–3 November 2011, Windhoek, Namibia

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 27

Climate change implications
for fisheries of the Benguela
current region
Making the best of change

FAO/Benguela Current Commission Workshop
1–3 November 2011
Windhoek, Namibia


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 fisheries of the Benguela Current region – Making the best of change. FAO/Benguela Current Commission Workshop, 1–3 November 2011, Windhoek, Namibia.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings. No. 27, Rome. FAO. 2012. 125 pp.

These Proceedings include the Report of, and the background papers prepared for, the Workshop on Climate Change Implications for Fisheries of the Benguela Current Region: Making the Best of Change. Presentation topics included: the regional biophysical features and decadal trends in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME); national contexts of climate variability and change and fisheries; and a vulnerability assessment of the region's fisheries. Discussions largely focused on: aspects of developing a methodology for vulnerability assessment; definition of vulnerability in a fisheries context; potential climate change impacts on, and vulnerability levels of, the different fisheries in the region; and potential short- and medium-term adaptation actions. The Workshop recommended that a regional programme be developed with the aim of reducing vulnerability and increasing adaptive capacity of the social-ecological fisheries systems of the BCLME, primarily focusing on: establishing/improving national and regional interagency collaboration and communication to facilitate responses and action in relation to climate change; developing a holistic and coherent methodology for vulnerability assessment of fisheries; developing and implementing pilot projects to develop and test anticipatory and responsive actions, providing for lesson learning/sharing and improvements.


CONTENTS

Preparation of this document
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations, acronyms and conversions


Workshop summary

 

Opening of the meeting and arrangement of the sessions

 

Introduction of participants

 

Background and objectives of the Workshop

 

Overview of the regional biophysical features and decadal trends in the BCLME

 

National perspectives on fisheries and climate change

 

Adaptation initiatives in the region

 

Regional vulnerability assessment

 

Climate change – issues and impacts: vulnerability assessment of the fisheries of the BCLME

 

Potential solutions/actions – discussion and examples

 

Recommendations of Workshop and options for moving forward

 

Roadmap

 

Closing of the Workshop

Annex 1 – List of participants

Annex 2 – Agenda

 

CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

 

Vulnerability to climate change of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem and the human livelihoods dependent on it

 

Biophysical features and trends in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem


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