Disaster risks & climate change

Disaster risks & climate change

What can your fishery and community do to prepare for natural disasters and climate change? Rising sea levels, storms, and pollution are some of the many threats facing small-scale fisheries and communities. Small-scale fisheries communities can adapt and increase resiliency to address these issues. Start here to learn more about disaster risks and climate change and explore more in the sub-categories below. 

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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

 

IYAFA 2022 is coming, stay tuned! 

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). IYAFA  aims to raise awareness on the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, strengthen science-policy interaction, empower stakeholders to take action, and to build new and strengthen existing partnerships. As lead agency, FAO will host the launch event on November 19th, make sure to save your place and register now. 

 

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Discover IYAFA

 

 

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

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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. 

 

Después de un año convulso, con tiempo para la reflexión, nos alegra anunciar la celebración de la VIII Jornada de la Red Internacional de Escritores por la Tierra. Por primera vez se realizará en formato virtual,  facilitando así la participación de todas y todos, el sábado 18 de septiembre de 2021.

 

Los encuentros y jornadas de la RIET pretenden ser una plataforma de aprendizaje y debate, tanto literario como medioambiental y social. Esta nueva jornada de la RIET virtual se centra en estos mismos valores. El objetivo promover el diálogo y contribuir con la reflexión sobre las implicaciones e impacto de la pandemia COVID-19 en el desarrollo cultural, económico-político y el medio ambiente, a fin de valorar los retos a enfrentar para el desarrollo humano y la búsqueda del bien común.

La VIII jornada de la RIET está prevista para el sábado 18, en horario de mañana para América Central, y en horario de tarde para Europa. El encuentro arrancará con un homenaje a poetas de la RIET a los que les hemos dicho adiós, como Ernesto Cardenal, Claribel García o Pere Casaldàliga.

La jornada seguirá con el panel de debate, centrado en el extractivismo: la minería a cielo abierto la exploración del petróleo, etc., bajo el título: “Amenazas y peligros al ambiente, acechando en tiempos de pandemia”. Próximamente se anunciaran los panelistas.

A continuación, los y las participantes se adentrarán en la clásica mesa de poetisas y poetas de las jornadas de la RIET: “Poesía en Pandemia; reflexiones y textos virulentos”. Y para finalizar, y porqué la música debe tener su cabida, escucharemos interpretaciones de músicos iberoamericanos de la RIET, será la “Peña Musical Hispanoamericano”.

Ya se pueden inscribir aquí.

 

Podéis consultar el programa completo aquí: http://redescritoresporlatierra.org/

Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI), es una organización de la sociedad civil mexicana con 22 años de experiencia en conservación marina y pesca sostenible, en articulación con la Red de Jóvenes Líderes en Área Protegidas y Conservadas de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (ReLLAC-J) invitan a las juventudes y adultos trabajando en temas de conservación marina y recursos pesqueros provenientes de América Latina y el Caribe; a participar en el concurso de fotografía “La vida de las comunidades pesqueras frente al COVID-19 en América Latina y el Caribe” El cual tiene como objetivo conocer desde la mirada y lente de las mujeres, hombres y juventudes de comunidades costeras, las historias, esencia y vivencias diarias de las comunidades pesqueras de la región LAC durante la pandemia del COVID-19 que comenzó en la víspera del 2020.

 

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La fecha límite para enviar su fotografía es el 14 de agosto de 2021.

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a queen conch (Aliger gigas) fishery in The Bahamas

The onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in early 2020 led to a dramatic rise in unemployment and fears about food-security throughout the Caribbean region. Subsistence fisheries were one of the few activities permitted during emergency lockdown in The Bahamas, leading many to turn to the sea for food. This study highlights the role of small-scale fisheries as a ‘natural insurance’ against socio-economic shocks and a source of resilience for small island communities at times of crisis. It also underscores the risks to food security and long-term sustainability of fishery stocks posed by overexploitation of natural resources.

COVID-19 impacts and adaptations in Asia and Africa's aquatic food value chains

We tracked the impacts of COVID-19 on aquatic food value chains in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Myanmar and Nigeria during 2020. We assessed the availability and price of aquatic foods and production inputs using a high frequency panel survey of 767 actors from eight value chain nodes. We also conducted semi-structured phone interviews with 63 respondents in Bangladesh and online interviews with 100 aquatic food value chain actors and key informants from 17 sub-Saharan African countries. This information provides insights into the pathways by which the crisis has affected aquatic food value chain actors, the scale of those impacts and how they have adapted. These findings give rise to policy recommendations aimed at mitigating impacts in the present, assisting recovery and building a more resilient aquatic food system in the future.

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.

Resiliencia de las comunidades pesqueras de México ante COVID-19 Impactos económicos y sociales

Para contribuir a los esfuerzos nacionales y globales, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A. C. (COBI) ha iniciado un proceso de consulta con pescadores en ocho entidades federativas de México para conocer los impactos económicos y sociales de la pandemia. Así como, los roles del estado y la distribución de apoyos, los efectos en la salud, las soluciones locales aplicadas por los pescadores, la igualdad de género, el uso de tecnología y el impacto ambiental. Este primer reporte refleja los impactos económicos y sociales inmediatos del COVID-19 y concluye con una serie de recomendaciones expresadas por el sector pesquero.

How is COVID-19 affecting the fisheries and aquaculture food sytems

The full range of activities required to deliver fish and fish products from production to the final consumer is subject to indirect impacts of the pandemic through new sanitary measures, changing consumer demands, market access or logistical problems related to transportation and border restrictions. This in turn has a damaging effect on fishers and fish farmers’ livelihoods, as well as on food security and nutrition for populations that rely heavily on fish for animal protein and essential micronutrients.

This policy brief reviews on going challenges and proposes measures to protect production and income of the sector and the most vulnerable, as well as maintain operations and support the supply chain.

The Silent Wave - A fisheries cooperative in India responds to Covid-19

Shot during the peak of the first wave of Covid-19 in India, this documentary tells the story of how the fishermen and women of Kollam coped with the lockdown and the widespread disruptions in their fisheries. Responding to the crisis, the local fisheries cooperative introduced a major change to the prevalent auction system. The innovation was aimed at both ensuring the safety of the coastal fishing community, and correcting the power imbalance between fishers and traders. But the new system had some unforeseen consequences.

Principios para la Nueva Normalidad en la pesca de pequeña escala

En este octavo y último reporte, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) se enfocó en entender qué ha cambiado en las vidas de los pescadoras y pescadores a raíz de la pandemia, qué se ha aprendido en estos meses y cómo regresar a pescar con seguridad en el contexto de la nueva normalidad.

ICSF's Summary of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) were adopted by member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and were officially approved as an international instrument in June 2014. Tis document is only a summation of the contents of the Guidelines.

Social FISHtancing Podcast - Coastal Routes Radio Vol. 1

Social FISHtancing chronicles the impacts of COVID-19 on coastal fisheries and fishing communities around the world. The podcast is a production of Coastal Routes, a network of researchers, coastal communities, and non-profit organizations all united by our mission of supporting verdant, sustainable, and just coastal livelihoods and places.

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