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Opportunities for EbA in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

©FAO/S. Venturi
25/05/2018 - 25/05/2018


Scaling up of Adaptation in the Agricultural Sectors (SAAS)

Module 1: Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in the agricultural sectors

Webinar 4: Opportunities for EbA in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Date: Friday, May 25th15:00 – 16:30 CEST (UTC +2)

Fisheries and aquaculture are important for food security, employment and social welfare. FAO estimates that 800 million people (10 – 12 percent of the world population) rely on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. Considering the vital role of these sectors to global food production and livelihoods, it is critical to integrate them within climate change adaptation efforts and financing.

On one hand, FAO advances knowledge on climate change through regional, national and community-level climate risk and vulnerability assessments of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. On the other hand, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) and Aquaculture (EAA) are the recognized frameworks for fisheries and aquaculture management. Both of these approaches provide opportunities for fostering climate change adaptation by highlighting key issues of concern to ensure the achievement of high level fisheries and aquaculture goals and to build the resilience of natural and human systems.

The 4th webinar highlights opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation in coastal and marine fisheries. More specifically, the webinar is intended to introduce the basic principles of the ecosystem approach to fisheries and to highlight opportunities for addressing climate change risks and adaptation considerations. Examples of national and regional experiences will be provided to illustrate on the ground experiences of the ecosystem-based management of coastal and marine fisheries.

Presentations and speakers:

Climate change implications for fisheries and the role of the ecosystem approach to fisheries as support to climate change adaptation
Tarub Bahri, Fishery Resources Officer and Merete Tandstad, EAF-Nansen Programme Coordinator, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Fostering climate change adaptation through Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Eastern Caribbean
Iris Monnereau, CC4FISH Project Coordinator, FAO

Identification of key issues for the sustainable management of small pelagic fisheries in West Africa through the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries
Birane Sambe, Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project

Climate change effects on Western Australian Fisheries
Nick Caputi, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Pedro Barros, Senior Fishery Resources Officer, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

Check out webinar presentation and recording

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