Call for contribution: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans



Call for contribution

Special session: Fisheries and aquaculture in the face of climate change: Current actions, identified solutions and opportunities in support of sustainable livelihoods and food security


Convenors: Lena Westlund (FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department) & Hassan Moustahfid (FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department)

Additional co-organizers: Anthony Charles, IUCN; Fisheries Expert Group (IUCN-CEM-FEG) and the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN); Ratana Chuenpagdee, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) research network; Cyrille Barnerias, Global Environment Facility (GEF); and Michael Rust, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As climate change impacts are threatening marine and inland water ecosystems, fishers, fish farmers and coastal inhabitants will bear the full force of these impacts through less stable livelihoods, changes in the availability and quality of fish for food, and rising risks to their health, safety and homes.

This session will showcase current solutions and opportunities (good practices, tools and approaches) for how to respond to climate change and disaster risks in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. In particular, presentations on initiatives and adaptive strategies that use the Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries and Aquaculture are welcomed as well as those that are concerned with the context of small-scale fishing and fish farming communities, including with reference to Chapter 9 on Disaster risks and climate change of the Voluntary Guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in a context of food security and poverty eradication (the SSF Guidelines – FAO, 2015). In this spirit, the session will consider (i) holistic and integrated approaches to address disaster risks and climate change, (ii) the human rights based approach to development (on which the SSF Guidelines are based), (iii) policies, strategies and initiatives for adaptation, mitigation and resilience-building that are developed in full consultation with fishing and fish farming communities, including indigenous peoples and both men and women.

For more information, click here. Deadline to submit an abstract to this session is December 15, 2017.

To submit an abstract, contact S15 Convenors.