Climate change

Climate change

Climate change threatens the global food supply and poses challenges to maintaining food security and livelihoods. Learn more about the drivers of climate change and how small-scale fishing communities can build resiliency, adapt, and mitigate negative impacts.

Discussions

The Republic of Palau will host the 7th Our Ocean Conference on April 13 and 14 of 2022

The Republic of Palau is the first small island developing state (SIDS) to host the Our Ocean Conference. The conference’s theme is "Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity," which draws on Palau's rich tradition as an ocean society and focuses on islander perspectives and approaches to ensuring the health of our ocean. The 7th Our Ocean Conference will be a key moment for countries, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean.

Each panel discussion at Our Ocean Conference 2022 will reflect the broader theme to amplify traditional ocean conservation knowledge and highlight vulnerable ocean communities. Threats to our ocean directly impact ocean ecosystems and threaten peoples’ livelihoods around the globe. Impacts can be especially devastating to places like Palau and other small island developing states, where the ocean is a primary source of sustenance.

 

More information coming soon 

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Join us for this free 2-day virtual conference on November 9th and 10th, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm PST.

This conference will explore the 30×30 movement to protect 30% of coasts and oceans by 2030, reversing the negative impacts of biodiversity decline and climate change.

The conference will be translated live in Spanish.

 

Register here

 

Meet the panel

Jenny Crockett – Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Bally Philps – Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation

Brian O’Riordan – Low Impact Fishers of Europe

Gaoussou Gueye – African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations

This event will be chaired by Sophie Benbow, Fauna & Flora International and the Transform Bottom Trawling coalition.

Format

This event will consist of two parts: The first hour will feature a presentation of the latest evidence regarding bottom trawling and climate, an exclusive film screening from Belize on the impact of a trawling ban in coastal waters, a panel discussion with our experts and a live Q&A (in English and French). 

This will be followed by a 30 minute break out discussion in English, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

This event will be broadcast live from COP26 in Glasgow.

Session objectives

Small-scale fishers and environmental groups have long criticised bottom trawling for its negative impact on coastal fisheries and ecosystems. But emerging research suggests that bottom trawling’s impacts extend beyond seabed damage and overfishing and includes significant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. If current estimates are correct, then bottom trawling may be one of the most carbon-intensive methods of producing food. In this special COP26 panel discussion, a global panel of experts will explore bottom trawling’s place in a zero-carbon future.

The session aims to:

  • Present current research on the contribution of bottom trawling to the climate crisis and its broader social and ecological impacts
  • Explore the impacts of bottom trawling restrictions in West Africa and Belize and present opportunities for bottom trawling management in Europe 
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing approaches to bottom trawling management in diverse global geographies 
  • Discuss policies that exist or could be developed to mitigate the impact of bottom trawling on coastal fisheries, ecosystems and the climate

Register here

 

 

Hello everyone! We invite you to watch this short documentary on Madame Kokoly, a traditional Vezo fisherwoman living in the Velondriake region of southwest Madagascar. This video is hosted in the SSF Hub Resource Library and is available in several languages, which can be selected underneath the “Information about Resource” tab on the right side of the screen.

Please feel free to share your reactions to the video in the discussion section (here), pose a question to other members of the SSF Hub, or respond to one of the following discussion questions:

  1. Was there anything you saw in the film that you can relate to?
  2. Kokoly learned many of her skills from her father when she was young. What sort of knowledge or skills related to fishing are passed down from generation to generation in your community?
  3. Many members of Kokoly’s community depend on her to provide them with food from her catch. How do fishers in your community support the lives and nutritional needs of their family, friends, and neighbors?
  4. In order to supplement her income, Kokoly began farming seaweed. Do local fishworkers in your community engage in alternative livelihoods to supplement their income? If so, what do they do?
  5. How do women contribute to food security in your communities? Are their contributions similar or different from the contributions of men?
  6. How do you think Kokoly’s community will change as there are fewer and fewer fish in the sea? What would a better future look like for her community?
  7. What do you think of Kokoly’s quote: “Everything, once it's worth something, you won't see it anymore.” How does it relate to your life or the lives of your community members?

Building Forward Better 

 

Under the theme ‘Building Forward Better,’ the congress aims to discuss bold, innovative ideas and strategies needed for SSF to rebalance, rebuild and revitalize, following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and climate change, set amidst the current and emerging challenges affecting their livelihoods and wellbeing. Building forward is also about being proactive and progressive in situating SSF in Asia-Pacific in a way that will accelerate their engagement in the global discourse about sustainable development, and help them be in a position to contribute to achieving SDGs.

Specifically, the congress will be organized around six main topics:

  • Adjusting the JUSTICE lens
  • Adjusting the GENDER lens
  • Adjusting the FOOD lens
  • Adjusting the GOVERNANCE lens
  • Adjusting the FINANCIAL lens
  • Adjusting the RESEARCH lens

Contributions are invited from researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups and policy makers, interested in small-scale fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region. Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until October 15, 2021.

The 4WSFC Asia-Pacific is co-hosted by Tokai University and TBTI Japan, in partnership with Shizuoka City, TBTI Global and other key organizations.

Learn more here

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Resumen día 2. Objetivos día 3 y presentación de ponentes.

Valerie Miller, Directora, Programa de Océanos en Cuba de EDF

10:15 – 10:30

Caso de estudio de variables climáticas y langosta en Cuba.

Romina Alzugaray, Investigadora, Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cuba (CIP)

10:30 – 10:45

Ordenación pesquera adaptable en Puerto Rico.

Graciela Garcia-Moliner. NOAA Affiliate

10:45 – 11:00

Procesos participativos en comunidades pesqueras en Puerto Rico.

Nicolás Gómez Andújar. Oregon University

11:15 – 11:30

Manejo adaptativo de pesquerías multi específicas en Belice

Nicanor Requena. Consultor, Programa de Océanos en Belice de EDF

11:30 – 11:45

Acuicultura como estrategia de adaptación al cambio climático

Dra Loretta Roberson. Investigadora Universidad de Puerto Rico

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

 

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Resumen día 1. Objetivos día 2 y presentación de ponentes.

José Gerhartz, Especialista en conservación. Secretaría del CBC

10:15 – 10:45

Escenarios de cambio climático en la región del Caribe.

Abel Centella. Director, Centro del Clima del Instituto de Meteorología de Cuba (INSMET)

10:45 – 11:00

Avances en materia de gobernanza y manejo pesquero en la República Dominicana.

Jeannette Mateo. Representante de la FAO en la República Dominicana.

11:00 – 11:15

Áreas naturales protegidas en Cuba y programas basados en la adaptación basada en ecosistemas como parte de la estrategia para hacer frente al cambio climático.

Omar Cantillo Ferreiro. Director, Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas de Cuba (CNAP).

11:15 – 11:30

Principios para apoyar pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático del programa de océanos de EDF.

Erica Cunningham. Directora, Océanos Corriente Humboldt y Sudamérica de EDF.

11:30 – 11:45

Análisis de vulnerabilidad climática en la región del Caribe.

Rafael Ortiz. Director Senior de Océanos y Pesquerías de EDF-México.

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

 

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Bienvenida. Descripción del seminario, objetivos y expectativas. Presentación de los ponentes.

Eduardo Boné. Senior Manager, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

10:15 – 10:30

Pasos propuestos por la FAO para la adaptación resiliente al cambio climático.

Manuel Barange, Director División de Recursos y Políticas de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) (adaptado por simposio agosto 2021)

10:30 – 10:45

Presentación por confirmar

Presentación por confirmar

10:45 – 11:00

Experiencia del Corredor Biológico en el Caribe como sistema coordinado de gobernanza ambiental subregional y plataforma de cooperación sur-sur

José Gerhartz. Especialista senior en conservación, Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC)

11:00 – 11:15

La nueva ley de pesca en Cuba, un instrumento para enfrentar el cambio climático y promover la resiliencia costera a partir del manejo adaptativo.

Raidel Borroto. Director, Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cuba (CIP)

11:15 – 11:30

Situación actual de los recursos pesqueros en la República Dominicana.

Raúl González Pantaleón. Encargado del Departamento de Educación, Capacitación, Extensión Pesquera y Acuícola. Consejo Dominicano de Pesca y Acuicultura de la República Dominicana (CODOPESCA)

11:30 – 11:45

Ordenación pesquera, cambio climático y resiliencia costera en Puerto Rico.

Raimundo Espinoza. Director. Conservación ConCiencia - Puerto Rico.

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the Summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality. More information about the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and list of Advisory Committee and Scientific Group members can be found online: https://www.un.org/foodsystemssummit

View the schedule of events here and register here

 

UNFSS Pre-Summit

The United Nations convened a Food Systems Pre-Summit from 26-28 July 2021 to set the stage for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. This series of events, held both virtually and in-person in Rome, aimed to bring together diverse actors from across the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs. Click here to access recordings of the events from the Pre-Summit. 

 

Hosted by the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, U.S., Curaçao, Guam, Local2030 Islands Network, Hawai‘i Local2030 Hub, Global Island Partnership, UN Foundation, and shift7.

This event will showcase the ways in which islands are coming together through the Local2030 Island Network to achieve the SDGs during the Decade of Action, despite the current challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change impacts. Throughout 2020, the Local2030 Islands Network ran a series of webinars focussed on building back better in the context of COVID-19 and was able to share island solutions, experiences and approaches between island peers. This panel includes solutions and examples from the webinar series related to food security (SDG 2), economic resilience and recovery (SDG 8), youth engagement in recovery (SDG 10 and 17), building climate resilience for COVID-19 recovery (SDG 13), and the public private partnerships and effective institutions in islands that can support recovery (SDG 16 and 17) all in the context of SDG implementation.

 

Register Here

The IUCN Congress will be held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September 2021.

Taking into account the current health situation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has decided to organise a “hybrid” IUCN World Conservation Congress, thus allowing people not able to physically attend the event to follow and participate in some parts of the Congress remotely.

The French government reaffirms that it is very pleased to host this IUCN Congress on its territory, while doing its utmost to ensure that this is done under the conditions desired by IUCN and in accordance with the health protocols in force at the time of the event. 

 

Information on Congress preparations
Register Here 

Limits to Blue Growth? 

For decades sustainable development has served as guiding concept for policy makers, including those concerned in coastal and ocean governance. At the same time, the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ have nowadays become popular concepts in marine policy. Notions on blue growth especially ask attention for new uses of the oceans, such as renewable energy (wind at sea), deep sea mining and deep-sea fishing but also aim at highlighting ecosystem services that have societal value (coastal protection, CO2 storage and biodiversity). The concept aims to reconcile two seemingly opposing uses of the oceans: exploitation and conservation, in the same way as was intended with the use of ‘sustainable development’. The concept also seems to promise that there still is a new, not yet reached frontier for economic expansion.

Learn More Here

Resources

"Pagbalud" (When the Waves Swell)

In this video, Exec. Dir. of the Guiuan Development Foundation was featured as an exemplary scientist and community development worker who transcends science to coastal communities to attain sustainability of resources. This film topped the S&T Professional Category in the 2nd Philippine Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition in 2017

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition

This report addresses a frequently overlooked but extremely important part of world food and nutrition security: the role and importance of fish in seeking food and nutrition security for all. Fisheries and aquaculture have often been arbitrarily separated from other parts of the food and agricultural systems in food security studies, debates and policy-making.

FishCounts: increasing the visibility of small-scale fisheries in Cambodia's national planning

This report explores the current state of Cambodia’s fisheries and the data that would be needed to develop such a set of accounts. It considers the country’s existing statistical information and monitoring efforts, and where the gaps, inconsistencies and overlaps lie. It proposes a phased approach to build on what already exists to create greater visibility for the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the national economy and their role in developing sustainable fishing and aquaculture in the face of growing demands and climate change.

Kokoly

Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Filmed over four months, Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman Madame Kokoly - as she reflects on her live experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar.

Dead fish is not manna

This publication brings to the frontline, issues that beg for attention in the fisheries sector.

Chapter one of this publication, titled COVID-19 and Fisheries, highlights how the pandemic has affected the fisheries subsector.

Chapter two, titled Dead Fish is not Manna, captures the peculiarities and challenges of fisheries in Nigeria noting the contaminated state of some of the fishes sold in the country's markets.

Adaptive management of fisheries in response to climate change

This report aims to accelerate climate change adaptation implementation in fisheries management throughout the world. It showcases how flexibility can be introduced in the fisheries management cycle in order to foster adaptation, strengthen the resilience of fisheries, reduce their vulnerability to climate change, and enable managers to respond in a timely manner to the projected changes in the dynamics of marine resources and ecosystems.

Towards gender-equitable small-scale fisheries governance and development

This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed to support gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of their gender dimensions, with a focus on the specific role and conditions of women in the small-scale fisheries sector.

Portraits of Change Video Series

This eight-part video series seeks to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and other stressors on fishers, fish workers and fishing communities across the globe. These videos provide a firsthand account of the battles faced by fishers and fish workers as they are faced with declining fish populations, increasingly common extreme weather events and disruptions due to climate change, COVID-19 and other stressors.

Pescadores en México y Cuba: Retos y oportunidades ante el cambio climático

Este libro da cuenta de los retos que pescadores y pescadoras de México y Cuba afrontan frente al cambio climático: el cambio en sus artes de pesca, el conocimiento que tienen sobre los cambios que han sufrido los ecosistemas y el clima –desde la perspectiva de varias generaciones atrás en contraste con la generación actual, así como los cambios climáticos locales que son periódicos, como “El Niño”-, de las formas de organización social, de la participación de las pescadoras en la ciencia ciudadana y también, de los cambios que como científicos y científicas hacemos a nuestros marcos teóricos y a las bases de datos para el análisis de especies y capturas. En fin, cada vez es más evidente que la multidisciplina es una necesidad creciente para entender los problemas complejos, y la relación entre cambio climático, pescadores-pescadoras y pesquerías no es la excepción. 

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