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The Roles of Agriculture in Development:Policy Implications and Guidance

Research Programme Summary Report 2007








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    These Proceedings include (1) the Report of and (2) the background papers prepared for the Workshop on Climate change implications for fisheries of the Benguela Current region: making the best of change. The Workshop was hosted by the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) in Windhoek, Namibia, from 1 to 3 November 2011, and financed through a Japanese-funded, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)-implemented, project on Climate Change, fisheries and Aquaculture: Understan ding the Consequences as a Basis for Planning and Implementing Suitable Responses and Adaptation Strategies (GCP/INT/253/JPN), in collaboration with BCC. Presentation topics included: the regional biophysical features and decadal trends in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME); national contexts of climate variability and change and fisheries; and a vulnerability assessment of the region’s fisheries. Discussions largely focused on: aspects of developing a methodology for vulnerabil ity assessment; definition of vulnerability in a fisheries context; potential climate change impacts on, and vulnerability levels of, the different fisheries in the region; and potential short- and medium-term adaptation actions. The Workshop recommended that a regional programme be developed with the aim of reducing vulnerability and increasing adaptive capacity of the social-ecological fisheries systems of the BCLME, primarily focusing on: (1) establishing/improving national and regional inter -agency collaboration and communication to facilitate responses and action in relation to climate change; (2) develop a holistic and coherent methodology for vulnerability assessment of fisheries; (3) development and implementation of pilot projects to develop and test anticipatory and responsive actions, providing for lesson learning/sharing and improvements.

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