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Aquaculture Investments, MPAs Could Help Pacific Adapt to Climate Change

Aquaculture Investments, MPAs Could Help Pacific Adapt to Climate Change

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Increases in aquaculture investments and the designation of marine protected areas (MPAs) are key strategies that could be adopted to help Pacific coral triangle countries adapt to climate change, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The study, Climate Change and Development Strategies for Coastal Communities of the Pacific Coral Triangle Countries, was launched at a workshop cohosted by the Government of Vanuatu, ADB, and IFPRI. It assessed development strategies for the Pacific Coral Triangle countries in response to projected impacts of climate change on key coastal and marine resources.

Pacific fishers are in for a big catch as demand for seafood in the region is expected to rise.

Pacific fishers are in for a big catch as demand for seafood in the region is expected to rise.

“The demand for fish and seafood in the Pacific region is expected to substantially increase for the period up to 2050,” said Marilou Drilon, senior natural resource economist from ADB’s Pacific Department. “Solutions need to be tailored to the conditions of each Pacific country. Aquaculture and marine protected areas can be important parts of their adaptation strategies.”

The IFPRI/ADB report delivers policy advice for strengthening institutional capacity in preparation for economic analysis of climate change and development strategy plans at the national level. The report developed a fisheries sector supply and demand model covering six key fisheries: tuna, other oceanic fin fish, coastal fin fish, coastal invertebrates, freshwater fin fish, and freshwater invertebrates.

The study found that growth of domestic fish production was likely to be relatively slow in the period up to 2050 due to climate change and other constraints. It also found many of the Pacific coral triangle countries could become net importers of fish and other per capita consumption of domestically produced fish could decline without significant adaptation measures.

0032-tableAttended by senior government officials, national development planners and other partners, the workshop aimed to update stakeholders on the highlights of the report and gather feedback on findings of the study and its recommendations. The study was conducted in the Pacific Coral Triangle countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu.

This story originally appeared in the Papua New Guinea Post Courier published out of Port Moresby, and the Vanuatu Daily Post published in Port Vila.

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