Addressing the phenomenon of climate change in fisheries and aquaculture is the purpose of the working group of FAO and SUBPESCA.
Advances to reduce fishing sector vulnerability to climate change
Friday, February 01, 2019, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
A series of advances were registered during 2018, within the framework of the Adaptation to Climate Change in Fisheries and Aquaculture - GEF-FAO project, which seeks to reduce vulnerability and increase the capacity of the sector to adapt to the phenomenon.
The initiative is materialized through actions carried out in the Riquelme (Tarapacá), Tongoy (Coquimbo), Coliumo (Biobío) and El Manzano-Hualaihue (Los Lagos) creeks.
In the El Manzano cove of the Hualaihué commune, one of the training programs that are part of the project activities "Strengthening the adaptation capacity in the Chilean fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change" began at the end of 2018.
Last year, informative and training meetings and workshops were held, in which groups of artisanal fishermen, regional and communal authorities, local organizations and other actors participated.
In these communities, lessons have been replicated in environmental, technical, socioeconomic and institutional matters, which aim to implement a fisheries and aquaculture management system in the country capable of adapting to climate change.
"Every time there is more scientific evidence on climate change and its impact on fisheries and aquaculture and that is being reported, and in addition, fishermen are being trained. Also, from our side, as Subpesca, we are conducting our fisheries in a sustainable manner which is the way to face this new scenario", explained the manager of Climate Change in SUBPESCA and national director of the GEF-FAO project, Gustavo San Martín.
One of the milestones in 2018 was the creation of the Public-Private Inter-Institutional Group at the National level, National GTI, regarding the phenomenon.
The team is chaired by the Sub-secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) and it includes the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Environment, SERNAPESCA, the Navy, the Scientific Committee of Bentonic Resources (CCT-Bentónicos), sectoral organizations and trade unions, among other actors.
Regarding the challenges for 2019, San Martin explained: "The challenge is to reinforce the implementation of the initiatives and that the fishermen are part of the climate action indicated in the Adaptation Plan, and the opportunity that will exist during the COP25 will be important to analyze the role of the oceans and coastal communities in adapting to climate change and how, from the GEF and other initiatives, we are strengthening these capabilities. "
The GEF-FAO project, which will last until the second half of 2020, is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by FAO. SUBPESCA and the Ministry of Environment act as executing agencies.