A fisherman with his net in the Mekong, one of the longest rivers in Asia. The Mekong river basin area is after the Amazone river basin the most biodiversity rich region in the world and provides natural resources to millions of people, the most abundant being fresh water and fish. Photo: A. Löf/Azote
Saving the sea and the people depending on it
Experts discuss ways to solve coastal development challenges and poverty reduction. See videos!
Climate change has a large impact on oceans and livelihoods for poor people. It increases the risk of disasters, storms, rising sea levels and CO2 emissions cause acidification of the oceans.

Oceans provide livelihoods for hundreds of millions of poor people, who depend on eco-services that oceans provide. Marine and coastal social-ecological systems are experiencing increasing and interacting pressures from human actions in an increasingly interconnected global society.

In a seminar organised by the Swedish international development cooperation agency (Sida) and Stockholm Resilience Centre, some of the world's authorities on oceans, coastal areas and climate change gathered to discuss what needs to be done to curb climate change impacts on oceans and depending livelihoods.

Centre director Johan Rockström talked about the quadruple squeeze humanity is putting on the planet through overpopulation, climate change, ecosystem loss and the problem of surprises — tipping points in the systems (download presentationPDF (pdf, 8.2 MB)):

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Centre researcher Kevin Noone provided a geochemical background on climate change and ocean acidification (download presentationPDF (pdf, 4.6 MB)):
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William Cheung from University of East Anglia discussed present and potential future responses of marine ecosystem to a changing climate and fisheries (download presentationPDF (pdf, 7.9 MB)):
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Scientific director Carl Folke presented issues related to loss of ecosystem service and social-ecological resilience in a marine and coastal environment (download presentationPDF (pdf, 1.6 MB)):
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Edward Allison from WorldFish presented coastal hazards and vulnerability from climate change (download presentationPDF (pdf, 8.3 MB)):
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Jaqueline Alder from UNEP argued for the importance for sustaining coastal ecosystem services (download presentationPDF (pdf, 9.8 MB)):
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Chandrika Sharma from the International Coalition in Support of Fishworkers-ICSF in India discussed climate change in a human rights perspective (download presentationPDF (pdf, 164 kB)):
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Nadine Marshall from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation-CSIRO in Australia presented a framework for social adaptation to climate change (download presentationPDF (pdf, 1.6 MB)):
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Seminar organisers
This Sida Development Area (SDA) initiative was lead by Max Troell (SRC) and Johan Sundberg (Sida) with help from the Marine Theme members Maricela Castro and Matilda Thyresson.
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2010-10-16 | Sturle Hauge Simonsen

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