The Fisheries Climate Awareness Workshop (CLAW) aims to enhance knowledge and awareness on climate issues and projected impacts on the industrial fisheries of the western and central Pacific. Funding for the workshop is provided by the New Zealand-funded Climate Science to Ensure Pacific Tuna Access project and addresses this need to build regional capacity in climate science.
Purpose of the workshop
This seminar-style workshop will present a comprehensive overview of the nature and impacts of climate variability and climate change on the industrial fisheries of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). Guest speakers from around the Pacific will address a wide array of topics, which will include:
- Terminology definitions
- Introduction to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios
- Basics of climate change and how it differs from climate variability
- Broad ecosystem impacts of climate change, focusing on the fisheries and oceanic ecosystems of the WCPO
- How climate change scenarios are being incorporated into fisheries research and management
- Loss and damage and advocacy for Pacific Island countries and territories
Who is this for?
The workshop is suited to senior-level decision makers within the Fisheries, Environmental and National Resources ministries of the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and their policy advisors. The workshop aims to “climate educate” fisheries managers and policy experts and enhance awareness of emerging issues related to climate change.