Posted on 07/06/2012 • News Categories: Featured News
A consortium of partners gathered by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific has been involved in the Aqua-Climate Project: a project involving Akvaplan-niva to strengthen the adaptive capacities of small-scale farmers to climate change. Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the aims of the project, were to identify the likely short to medium-term impacts of climate change on important aquaculture systems and to develop adaptation strategies that will help farmers to cope with the changes.
The project focused on five case studies that are important from a livelihood and/or food security perspective: Pangasius catfish farming in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam; milkfish farming in the Philippines; low intensity shrimp farming in India; improved extensive polyculture farming of shrimp/fish/crab in Vietnam; and culture based fisheries in seasonal reservoirs in Sri Lanka. The project mapped farmer perceptions of climate change through an extensive series of stakeholder consultations and developed climate change scenarios for the case study areas through local downscaling of mainstream climate change models. All of these systems are at substantial risk from climate change due to impacts such as sea level rise, saline intrusion into freshwater reaches of river systems, changes in rainfall patterns and more frequent storms and other extreme events.
A Regional Workshop on Impacts of Climate Change in Fisheries and Aquaculture was held in Bangkok from 14-16 May to share the findings of the project with senior policy makers from the region, gather feedback on the recommendations and facilitate exchange of experience. The workshop was attended by representatives of twelve countries as well as the Mekong River Commission, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, WorldFish Center, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and FAO.
As the first study of its kind in aquaculture, the Aquaclimate Project provided a catalyst for initiating research on climate change impacts in aquaculture for the region. In his inaugural address, Mr Erik Svedahl, Chargé d’affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok noted that the Aquaclimate Project departs from other studies which have not explicitly considered communities and individual farmers’ adaptation capacities to climate change”. “I wish to emphasize here the need to continue this type of study pioneered by the Aquaclimate Project to better understand and manage the risks from climate change impacts in the region”. “One key message that Norway will take to the Rio+20 conference next month, is that climate-resilient food production should be encouraged in both agriculture and fisheries”.
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