WorldFish, FAO, UNEP, World Bank and other organizations issue a 'call to action' to the climate change negotiators
The brief describes how fisheries and aquaculture currently contribute to food security and livelihoods, and how these industries can build local resilience to the effects of climate change and offer mitigation solutions such as the inclusion of coastal mangrove conservation under REDD funding. (REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, a proposed mechanism that would reward countries with carbon credits for preserving their forest cover.)
Commentary by Nature Reports online
In a May 2009 commentary published by Nature, two of the world’s top fisheries scientists, Edward Allison of WorldFish and Nicolas Dulvy of Simon Fraser University, discuss the policy and research priorities that will help the fisheries sector to adapt to climate change as well as contribute to mitigation. They ask that aquatic production systems and the people dependent on them are appropriately included in climate adaptation measures considered for coastal zones, water resources management, agriculture, food security and rural development. Let them too have “A place at the table.” A series of policy and research priorities that will enable the fisheries sector to adapt to change as well as contribute to mitigation measures are put forward.
WorldFish Tackles Climate Change Issues
Also published this month is a WorldFish Issues Brief that illustrates how the Center works with partners on a number of critical issues such as:
- assessing and mapping the vulnerability of fishery- and aquaculture-dependent people to the impacts of climate change, so that responses are appropriately focussed,
- reducing people’s vulnerability to these impacts by identifying appropriate adaptation strategies, and
- contributing to climate change mitigation by identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in aquatic production systems.
African and southeast Asian nations face the double jeopardy of high vulnerability to climate effects on both their fisheries and agriculture sectors.
In an important study published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Fish and Fisheries, a team of scientists from WorldFish, the University of East Anglia, Simon Fraser University, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, the University of Bremen, and the Mekong River Commission identify individual nations that are “highly vulnerable” to the impact of climate change on fisheries. Follow this link for further details.