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Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture, 8-10 August 2016, Bangkok

FishAdapt: Sharing practical adaptation experiences

Climate change is altering aquatic ecosystems, driving shifts in physical and chemical processes, ecological communities and the distribution and abundance of species. These changes have implications for fisheries management, food security and the livelihoods of more than 600 million people world wide that are employed in fisheries and aquaculture or related industries.

This conference is targeted at scientists, development professionals and natural resource managers working in the context of fisheries, aquaculture, rural development and related fields. It will provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies.

The conference will bridge inter-disciplinary gaps and provide a wider, shared perspective on the issues and the current state of knowledge. If you would like to contribute to the development of the conference or to help shape the programme please contact climate@enaca.org for more information. [Read more].

Goals and format

The conference will include a series of panels and presentations, collaborative problem solving, interactive workshop events, discussion spaces, participants will exchange experiences and create ideas and best practices on which to act to assist the sector in furthering its efforts to reduce vulnerability and improve resilience to climate variability and change. The conference will:

  1. Provide countries, fisheries and aquaculture institutions and networks, civil society, private sector, development partners, and academic institutions the opportunity to present their work in fisheries and aquaculture climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
  2. Foster the exchange of information and experiences from case studies and projects which aim to show how climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture and disaster risk management may be implemented in different regional and ecosystem settings among fishers, farmers, value chains and dependent communities.
  3. Disseminate the wealth of experiences shared through conference proceedings, which will include selected conferences papers.
  4. Support the development of policy briefs based on input from the conference to inform policy makers on best practices on climate change adaptation and risk management.
  5. Increase awareness of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes and inform on how efforts may be communicated to the UNFCCC through, for example, the Nairobi Work Plan, the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Expert Group and the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee activities.

Call for abstracts and posters!

Participants are invited to share your experiences in supporting climate change adaptation within fisheries and aquaculture among the following themes:

  1. Applied experiences in Freshwater, Coastal or Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture.
  2. Linking global, regional and national climate change and disaster risk management processes to fisheries and aquaculture
  3. Communicating climate change issues and potential impacts to policy makers, fishers, farmers, fishworkers, scientist, development partners, industry and others for effective planning, implementation, and monitoring.

Please see the guidelines to authors for more detail about the conference themes and preparation of submissions. [Read more].

Call for special sessions!

The FishAdapt Conference Committee invites you to submit proposals for special sessions to delve more deeply into areas you feel should be discussed, such as water management, gender, or migration. Alternative formats for special sessions such as panels, workshops, marketplaces and facilitated and interactive sessions are welcome.

To organise a special session please submit a proposal to climate@enaca.org including the title, aim and scope of the session, along with the names, affiliations and short bios of the organisers. The proposal can include additional details such as a list of potential contributors and the format of the session. An abstract is required for everyone wishing to organise a special session. [Read more].

Back to back with the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum!

FishAdapt will be held just after the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum and the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which will be held in Bangkok from 3-7 August.

Conference sponsors

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations NORAD
Government of Japan NOAA Fisheries
World Meteorological Organization RARE
International Atomic Energy Agency Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre