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FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

The report summarizes the technical presentations given at the workshop on the implications of climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture, as well as the outcomes of discussions on the priority adaptations that Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) can implement to reduce risks and take advantage of opportunities.

Discussions focused on priority adaptations for economic development and government revenue, food security and sustainable livelihoods for Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian countries. The adaptations identified reflect the different fisheries participation rates and importance of fish to economic development, and as a source of local food and income in these different regions.

The report features sections on, inter alia: the objectives of the Workshop; understanding the projected changes to surface climate and the Pacific Ocean; understanding projected changes to tuna, to coastal fisheries, aquaculture, and freshwater fisheries; implications, adaptations and suggested policies; climate-related disasters; national and sectoral climate change strategies; climate change finance; assistance from partners; and recommended priority adaptations identified by PICTs.

The workshop, which took place from 5–8 June 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia, formed part of a series of climate change awareness-raising and adaptation planning workshops financed through a Japanese-funded, and FAO-implemented, project “Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture: Understanding the Consequences as a Basis for Planning and Implementing Suitable Responses and Adaptation Strategies.” [Publication: Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture: Reducing Risks and Capitalizing on Opportunities]