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This project brings together experts from the region to determine:
• observed and projected changes to Pacific climate and oceanography;
• effects of these changes on the ecosystems that support fisheries and aquaculture and;
• projected changes to fish stocks themselves.
Collectively, this information will provide a sound basis for assessing the vulnerability of oceanic, coastal and freshwater fisheries, and aquaculture, to climate change. The project is supported and guided by a Technical Working Group, comprising relevant experts and representatives from Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies and national fisheries departments.
The vulnerability assessment will enable SPC to advise PICTs about:
• implications of climate change for plans to optimise the use of fish for economic growth, food security and livelihoods;
• adaptation and management measures needed to maintain the benefits of fisheries in the face of climate change; and
• priorities for cost-effective development assistance to address the effects of climate change on fisheries.
The project will be completed around mid-2010. The final products will be:
• a summary report to guide policy makers and managers on the actions needed to maintain the productivity of fisheries in face of climate change and ,
• an authoritative book that provides an up-to-date assessment of the likely impacts of climate change on fisheries in the region; the vulnerability of oceanic, coastal and inland fisheries and aquaculture; and supporting information. The book will be an important regional input to the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. To see the outline of the book, click here.
The project is producing interim policy briefs and reports to assist the region to begin the process of implementing the adapatations needed to build resilience to climate change (see below).
New Project Brief: Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries in the Pacific
Policy Brief 5/2008: Fisheries and Climate Change
Policy Brief 7/2009: Agriculture, forestry and climate change