During March 2021, Our Fish organised a a four-day virtual symposium Delivering on Climate & Biodiversity Targets Through Better Fisheries Management, which explored how ending overfishing is critical for realising the EU’s response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. The EU has a unique opportunity to play a leading role on the world stage during both the UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow and the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15 in Kunming.
Science webinar: Ending overfishing delivers for climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and people
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- Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries: End Overfishing and Increase the Resilience of the Ocean to Climate Change (ppt)
- Charlotte de Fontaubert, Global Lead for the Blue Economy at The World Bank: Combined impacts of overfishing on greenhouse gas emissions, fish stock health and poverty (ppt)
- William Cheung, Professor, Changing Ocean Research Unit, at the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (ppt) : Climate risk adaptation for fish stocks and fisheries production through fisheries management (ppt)
- Angela Martin, Research Fellow, Centre for Coastal Research, University of Agder, Norway: Reducing C02 emissions through recovery of fish stocks: a fisheries life cycle assessment
Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 16-17.30 CET / 08-09:30 PST
Science webinar: Ecosystem-based fisheries, building resilience and helping small-scale fishers
- Erica Ferrer: NSF Graduate Student Researcher, UC San Diego at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, USA: Theory and empirics suggest that an end to overfishing will help small-scale fisheries flourish in a warmer world. (pdf)
- Sebastián Villasante, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Managing European fisheries through ecosystem interactions would improve climate resilience
- Dr. Emma Cavan, Research Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London: Fish, Fisheries and carbon sequestration
- Ibrahim Issifu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia: Impacts of Climate Change, Overfishing and Pollution on Fisheries: A Risk Management and Solution Policy Framework
Wednesday 24th March 2021, 15:00-16:30 CET / 07-08:30 PST
Workshop on climate guidelines for fisheries – policy-makers and fisheries managers only
A range of evidence will be presented by scientists during the first two scientific webinars, while this third workshop will give a brief overview of that science, before breakout groups will explore the policy pathways and workshop a proposed checklist for realising climate action through better fisheries management.
- Prof. Alex Rogers, Director of Science at REV Ocean: The carbon cycle, life in the ocean and climate mitigation
- Ivonne Ortiz, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, University of Washington: A checklist for policy-makers to realise fisheries management as climate action
- Workshop in breakout groups with scientists and policy-makers
Thursday 25th March 2021, 14:00-15:00 CET / 06-07:00 PST
Fireside-chat with EU decision-makers
This fireside-chat is the fourth event in a four-day virtual symposium exploring how ending overfishing is critical to realising the EU response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. The fireside-chat will present both the science and pathway to decision-makers to help pave a way forward as they prepare for UNFCCC COP 26 in Glasgow, and the CBD COP 15 in Kunming.
- Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
- Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans & Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius
- Ska Keller, Member of European Parliament, Co-President of the European Greens/EFA
- Farah Obaidullah, Ocean Advocate, Founder of Women4Oceans
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