Second international workshop bridging the gap between ocean acidification impacts and economic valuation – ocean acidification impacts on fisheries and aquaculture

11-13 November 2012, Oceanographic Museum Monaco

The 1st International Workshop was organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency and Centre Scientifique de Monaco in association with the Principality of Monaco and the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco. It provided an opening venue for natural scientists and economists to introduce their perspectives on the topic of ocean acidification and to build solid linkages between these two communities. The outputs of the meeting were a baseline of scientific and economic information, integration of the language and concepts of dissimilar research methodologies, and publication of conclusions and recommendations concerning the anticipated impacts to ecosystems and ecosystem services from ocean acidification.

The 2nd International Workshop of the Monaco Environment and Economic Group (MEEG) aims to provide policymakers with recommendations to prepare for social and economic impacts from ocean acidification on livelihoods, trade and food supply from ocean resources.

The focus of the workshop will be on fisheries and aquaculture, and regional aspects of species vulnerability and socio-economic adaptation. It is a fundamental tenet of the supporters of this workshop that the best available scientific information can be used to make decisions to improve human society and the deteriorated condition of the ocean environment. Without the reversal of the source of the physical phenomenon, namely anthropogenic CO2 emissions, societal impacts of ocean acidification will require adaptation and forward planning in the ways living ocean resources are harvested and used. Participants in the workshop will assess potential economic impacts and summarize information to assist policy-makers, resource managers and communities in developing decision pathways in response to ocean acidification. Although many uncertainties remain, ocean acidification will have important effects on marine ecosystems and coastal economies world-wide. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information on the risk posed by ocean acidification to markets and consumers dependent upon seafood and trade of marine resources, and suggest viable options to mediate impacts on marine harvests and other coastal human activities. Fisheries and aquaculture in oceans and seas will be assessed regionally to assist coastal communities in preparing for future changes to the abundance and distribution of living resources.

Further information: Nathalie Hilmi (n.hilmi(at)iaea.org)

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