Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities. FAO/Secretariat of the Pacific Community Workshop, 5–8 June 2012, Noumea, New Caledonia

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 28

Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture
Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities

FAO/Secretariat of the Pacific Community Workshop
5–8 June 2012,
Noumea, New Caledonia



Johanna Johnson
Senior Scientist
C2O Consulting
Coffs Harbour, Australia

Johann Bell
Principal Fisheries Scientist
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Noumea, New Caledonia

and

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




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ABSTRACT


Johnson, J., Bell, J. & De Young, C. 2013.
Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities. FAO/Secretariat of the Pacific Community Workshop, 5–8 June 2012, Noumea, New Caledonia.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 28. Rome, FAO. 109 pp.

These are the proceedings from the workshop on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities" held in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 5 to 8 June, 2012, organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. The meeting brought together representatives from fisheries, climate change and disaster risk management from across the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to discuss the implications of climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture and on priority adaptations for economic development and government revenue, food security and sustainable livelihoods for Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian nations. The adaptations identified reflect the different fisheries participation rates and importance of fish to economic development and as a source of local food and income in these different regions. Ultimately, the Workshop discussions recommended immediate action by all PICTs to manage fisheries resources sustainably now and into the future, and establish systems to minimize impacts of various drivers facing the sector now and from future climate change, and capitalize on opportunities. Cooperation between PICTs and partnerships between governments, regional and international organisations and communities were highlighted as important ways to implement effective adaptation.


CONTENTS

Preparation of this document
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms


Workshop summary

 

Opening of the meeting

 

Introduction to the Agenda and arrangement of the sessions

 

Background and objectives of the Workshop

 

Workshop objectives

 

Understanding the projected changes to surface climate and the Pacific Ocean

 

Understanding projected changes to tuna

 

Understanding projected changes to coastal fisheries

 

Understanding projected changes to aquaculture

 

Understanding projected changes to freshwater fisheries

 

Implications, adaptations and suggested policies

 

Climate-related disasters

 

National and sectoral climate change strategies

 

Climate change finance

 

Assistance from partners

 

Recommended priority adaptations identified by PICTs

 

Summary and recommendations

 

Closing of the Workshop

 

References


Annex 1 – list of participants

Annex 2 – Agenda


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Vulnerability of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change in Pacific island countries and territories



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