A virtual, dynamic learning session exploring strategic approaches to promote nature-based solutions in aquatic food systems to build coastal resilience and support rural livelihoods' health and nutrition.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Time: 09:00–10:30 (UTC+8)

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Healthy marine ecosystems are crucial for the food security and livelihoods of millions of people in Asia and the Pacific. Civil society organizations, including non-government organizations, play important roles in protecting the ocean. In 2019, ADB launched the Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies, which aims to expand support for ocean health and marine economy projects. With this, ADB has been collaborating with WorldFish and WWF to raise awareness on strategic approaches to promote blue and aquatic foods and nature-based solutions in the coastal zones. 

During this virtual session at the 55th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors led by WWF and WorldFish, the invited speakers presented how aquatic foods, healthy diets, and nature-based solutions promote a sustainable blue economy and resilient communities. The presentations also focused on pathways to support scaling, including partnerships between CSOs and Governments, and CSO collaboration for scaling to deliver solutions for meeting adaptation and mitigation goals, and raised awareness of the work in Pakistan Sindh province and the Government CSO collaboration in the Sundarbans, India.  

Invited Speakers:

Rab Nawaz, Senior Director for Programmes, WWF Pakistan 

Baishnaba Charan Ratha, Senior Nutrition Specialist, WorldFish 

Rumana Akter, Senior Nutrition Advisor – Suchana, Save the Children Bangladesh      

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish 

Rili Djohani, Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center (CTC) 

Saurav Chatterjee, District Nodal Officer, Mangrove Plantation, Provincial Government of West Bengal, India 

Mio Oka, Director, Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Interim Director General, WorldFish & Acting, Senior Director, Aquatic Food Systems, CGIAR



Lan Mercado, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, WWF International            


Follow WorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to check out past conversations on social media. For more information, visit the link.

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