Co-creation for climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture with various stakeholders, from policy to industry level

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Charlotte Teresa Weber (Norway) 1; Michaela Aschan (Norway) 1; Rosa Chapela (Spain) 2; Mariola Norte (Spain) 2; Thi Thanh Thuy Pham (Norway) 1

1 - UiT - The Arctic University of Norway; 2 - Cetmar

The seas and oceans are heavily affected by climate changes, and we are only beginning to understand the magnitude of these changes. Climate change effects, such as increased sea temperature and current flows, have induced shifts in the recruitment and distribution of marine fish stocks, and are affecting aquaculture through changes in temperature in both water and air, particularly surface temperatures in marine conditions and other alterations in oceanographic conditions, including currents, wind conditions and waves. As a result, climate change is inevitably a challenge for fisheries and aquaculture. Therefore, it is important and timely to develop adaption strategies for sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture production under the changing climate. As such, adaption strategies should harvest the potential for sustainable growth in seafood production, while providing robust employment and sustainable development of rural and coastal communities. The involvement of relevant stakeholders by applying co-creation processes will be vital to creating and implementing successful climate change adaptation strategies and management.

Therefore, ClimeFish – an EU H2020 funded project – has the overall goal to support sustainable fisheries, enable an increase in European aquaculture production, facilitate employment and regional development in the sectors, and develop forecasting and management tools for adapting to climate change. All in co-creation with stakeholders. To do so, the project has developed methods and approaches to effectively involve stakeholders in the development of management plans that consider climate change adaptation. In these approaches, the different stakeholders are actively involved, from policy to industry level, when identifying and exploring the particular needs and adaptation priorities of specific industries, sectors and policies. As such, the project creates a transdisciplinary environment, where stakeholders and scientists in a collective effort aim to (1) identify adaptation needs and explore feasible adaptation solutions, to (2) validate adaptation measures, and to (3) streamline climate adaptation across different policies.