Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, fishers, fish farmers, their communities and those engaged in the sector are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of crises, disasters (natural and technological) and climate change. The poor, marginalized and small scale fishers/fish farmers are most at risk. In the region, fish forms a vitally important part of food security and makes up a significant part of total animal protein supply. Fishing and fish farming are important contributors to national and local economies and fish is increasingly important as a globally traded product which contributes significantly to foreign exchange.
Recent major events in the region for the sector include earthquakes, tsunami, cyclones, fish disease epizootic and floods. The ASEAN Humanitarian Action Centre (AHA) was established for the purpose of facilitating co-operation and co-ordination among the parties, and with relevant United Nations and international organizations, in promoting regional collaboration (ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response, AADMER article 20.1). The AHA Centre works on the basis that the Parties act first to manage and respond to disasters.
Indonesia is a country vulnerable to a wide range of disasters, many of which affect the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The government of Indonesia support to strengthening coordination and the provision of technical assistance in the region.
Within its mandate and Strategic objectives, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides support to member countries and partners in preparing for and responding to such emergencies, with a focus on livelihood recovery, sustainable production and food and nutrition security. Recognising the importance of this support to member countries, FAO is further developing its programme of work in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in order to strengthen preparedness and response whilst building back better. To support identification of priorities in the Asia Pacific region FAO held a regional workshop for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2010. The meeting acknowledged the inherent and increased vulnerability of small-scale fishing communities to disasters and climate change impacts in the region. It identified key challenges with regard to integrating fisheries and aquaculture into Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies and plans and regional and national level to ensure the characteristics and special needs of fishers, fish farmers and their communities into account in DRM and CCA policies and actions.
The overall purpose of this meeting is to review current global knowledge on DRM, Fisheries and Aquaculture and CCA, draw lessons from regional and national experience, review regional issues and priorities and identify specific next steps for FAO, AHA Centre and Government of Indonesia collaboration and support to the region in the areas of fisheries/aquaculture and disaster risk management.
Discussions will help identify gaps and priority actions for AHA and FAO as well as potential synergies with other institutions and will support the development of a regional programme for reducing the vulnerability of fish and fish farming communities to natural disasters and climate change in the region.
Topics to be discussed:
Disaster mitigation at the coastal areas and the ocean (DMC)
Marine living resources / Fisheries and Aquaculture (FRA)
Climate change impact and coastal vulnerability (CCI)
Objectives and expected outcomes
Identify gaps and next steps (e.g. institutional linkages, new initiatives, programmes, tools, approaches)
Discuss challenges, areas for collaboration and partnerships.
Identify priority actions/areas of intervention for a regional programme.
Participation in the strategy meeting, in total 46 participants (draft):
Government of Indonesia (4)
ASEAN Parties (AHA focal point, DOF, MoE (CCA), Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (18)
FAO: FAOR, RAP, HQ, Regional projects i.e. BOBLME, RFLP (7)
The meeting will organised by the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare and the Agency for the Assessment and Application Of Technology (BPPT) with the support of FAO. It will be a combination of short presentations and discussions.
Government of Indonesia
Simon FungeSmith/Robert Lee (RAP)
Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT)
Phone: +62 21 316 8909
Facsimile: +62 21 390 6162
Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare Republic of Indonesia