Conservation of biodiversity, seagrass ecosystems and their services – safeguarding food security and resilience in vulnerable coastal communities in a changing climate
As of: December 2019
Objective and activities
Seegras meadows are the most important food source for the endangered dugongs and account for 12% of total carbon stored in ocean sediments.The project aims to address significant knowledge gaps to provide critical data on the state and condition of seagrass ecosystems. Further, it aims to promote the integration of SES into evidence-based decision-making and business models to ensure the productivity and sustainability of seagrasses across the Indo-Pacific. The bottom up approach executed by this project will empower local communities to contribute to the data needed to inform decision makers and to develop sustainable financing for the conservation of seagrasses and associated biodiversity that are tailored to the specific environmental and economic contexts of the 5 target countries.
State of implementation/results
In the Asia-Pacific region, many families rely on the coastal small-scale fishing sector for their livelihoods and are thus dependent on the marine ecosystem, which may, however, be negatively affected by the consequences of climate change.
- The project will help fisheries-dependent communities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia to identify and implement ecosystem-based adaptation measures (EbA).
- The focus is on establishing community-based fisheries management to build climate and disaster resilience and improving implementation conditions by strengthening local participation, knowledge management and education.
- The project trains local community leaders and leaders in behavioural change measures to support the introduction of ecosystem-based climate adaptation. Thus, knowledge and skills remain within the communities and can be applied throughout the project and beyond.
- The knowledge gained through the project will be used in the implementation of national climate goals and adaptation strategies, as well as in regional and international forums.
- Priority sites have been selected for implementation in all countries.
- Participatory Rural Assessments (PRAs) and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVAs) were launched in Indonesia and the Philippines.
- Micronesia will be working closely with the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) to begin data collection, while a permanent team is hired.