Climate change, energy and food
High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy Rome, 3-5 June 2008

Climate-related transboundary pests and diseases, including relevant aquatic species

This Expert Meeting will review existing knowledge on the linkages between climate change and the changes in pest and disease risks, with respect to plants and animals, and related human health and food security.

It will also evaluate the likely consequences of climate change on fish diseases and aquatic invasive species and the impacts on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as suitable preventative and adaptation measures. Based on a regional approach, it will identify diseases and pests posing particular risks, considering their increase of incidence and/or distribution and potential impact, as driven by changes in climate.

It will propose suitable preventive and adaptation strategies and provide guidance on disease and pest surveillance and control, through the review of available agreements, tools, strategies and programmes such as EMPRES. It will identify partnerships and financing modalities for national capacity building.

DATE: 25-27 February 2008
VENUE: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy