Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

Building climate-resilient fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region

The FAO/APFIC Regional Consultative Workshop, Building Climate-Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region brought together policymakers, managers and practitioners who were engaged in addressing climate change in relation to fisheries and aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region through the development and implementation of regional and national policies, programmes and projects with the following objectives:

● to increase the understanding of APFIC member countries and key regional players of the current status of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts undertaken by the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the Asia-Pacific region and of the potential for further efforts;

● to share knowledge among the countries and regional players of technological advances and good management practices for strengthening the resilience of fisheries and aquaculture; and

● on the basis of an in-depth analysis of key constraints and gaps, to make recommendations for a regional strategy and for priority actions at the regional and country levels to strengthen climate resilience and contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by the fisheries and aquaculture subsectors in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key presentations by FAO set the scene for the workshop including an introduction to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Accord and its implications for national actions, and regional overviews on the status of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Presentations on the efforts and progress made by national governments and international and regional organizations in addressing the effects of climate change in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors were delivered and various issues and gaps, and the support needed to address climate change more effectively in the sectors were highlighted.

To reflect the diversity of issues faced in the region and the distinct needs of the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, participating countries were divided into fisheries and aquaculture groups and then into regional clusters to identify the threats/risks associated with climate variability and change and each sector’s contribution to GHG emissions. The groups/clusters were also tasked with analyzing gaps and constraints and recommending strategies and actions at regional and national levels for addressing climate change impacts and climate variability to strengthen the climate resilience of the two sectors.