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 was targeted at scientists, development professionals and natural resource
managers working in the context of fisheries, aquaculture, rural development and related fields.
It provided 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 bridged inter-disciplinary gaps and provide a wider, shared perspective on
the issues and the current state of knowledge.
The Conference Handbook and
Programme are available for download.
Goals and format
The conference included a series of panels and presentations, collaborative problem solving,
interactive workshop events and discussion spaces. Participants exchanged experiences and
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
- Provided 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
- Fostered 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.
- Disseminated the wealth of experiences shared through conference proceedings, which
included selected conferences papers.
- Supported the development of a policy brief based on input from the conference to inform
policy makers on best practices on climate change adaptation and risk management.
- Increased 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.