Report of the Stakeholder Workshop on the GEF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Project in Bangladesh, 29–30 August 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1056

Report of the Stakeholder Workshop on the GEF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Project in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29–30 August 2012






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ABSTRACT

FAO. 2013.
Report of the Stakeholder Workshop on the GEF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Project in Bangladesh, 29–30 August 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1056. Rome, 27 pp.

The workshop was hosted jointly by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DOF) Bangladesh, with financial assistance from FAO. The 60 workshop participants were policy-makers, professionals and practitioners. Presentations covered the understanding of climate change impacts and fisheries, adaptation for fisheries and aquaculture to the adverse impacts of climate change (CC) in the context of Bangladesh, and the process of Project Identification Form (PIF) development to access global funds for CC adaptation for the least-developed countries. A dozen presentations focused on: (i) CC impacts on fisheries and aquaculture; (ii) global perspective and adaptation funding opportunities; (iii) CC impacts on fisheries and aquaculture in Bangladesh; (iv) CC hotspots in Bangladesh and fisheries; (v) current efforts by government and other actors in addressing CC and fisheries; and (vi) Global Environment Facility (GEF) fisheries project proposal development (PIF) and next steps.

Workshop discussions largely focused on CC impacts on fisheries and aquaculture systems, especially some CC-related hotspots (e.g. the coastal zone and haor basins). Participants emphasized the need to enhance understanding of CC impacts through conducting adaptive research on different CC hotspots. They also recommended possible interventions to adapt to CC threats. Sea-level rise, salinity intrusion, cyclones, drought, erratic rainfall, flash flooding and sedimentation were identified as the key CC-related threats to fisheries and aquaculture. Major recommendations included improvement of fisheries-related national policies and strategies by incorporating CC issues, including capacity building of DOF and communities dependent on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. Discussion also revolved around development of CC-resilient technologies for aquaculture and fisheries management for the CC hotspots in Bangladesh. Based on the workshop recommendations, a PIF for the adaptation of Bangladesh fisheries and aquaculture to CC will be developed with three components: (i) climate-resilient fisheries sector and relevant national capacity development; (ii) strengthening knowledge and awareness of fisheries/aquaculture-dependent communities facing the adverse impacts of CC; and (iii) enhancing local adaptive capacity to support climate-resilient fisheries/aquaculture management and alternative livelihoods in the face of CC.


Table of Contents

PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

ABSTRACT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

1. INTRODUCTION

 

1.1 Background

 

1.2 National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)

 

1.3 Workshop purpose

2. WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

 

2.1 Workshop agenda

 

2.2 Workshop participants

 

2.3 Structure and expectation from the workshop

3. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PRESENTATION SESSION

 

3.1 Fisheries, climate change and national strategies

 

3.2 Climate change scenarios and fisheries and aquaculture in Bangladesh

 

3.3 Climate change impacts on coastal aquaculture in Bangladesh

 

3.4 Climate change hotspots and fisheries in Bangladesh

 

3.5 Government initiatives in climate change and fisheries in Bangladesh

 

3.6 Approaches to climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture in Bangladesh

 

3.7 GEF/LDCF project cycle and time frame

4. GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PIF

 

4.1 Group discussion

5. WORKSHOP CLOSING REMARKS

APPENDIXES

 

1. Workshop agenda

 

2. List of participants

 

3. Participants' expectations from the workshop

 

4. Extended summaries of the presentations

 

5. Group picture of the participants of the workshop


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