Priority Adaptations to Climate Change or Fisheries and Aquaculture in Vanuatu
This document summarises the outputs from a workshop held on 30 and 31 May in Port Vila by the
Vanuatu Fisheries Department, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), SPC/GIZ-CCCPIR and
AusAID. The workshop was designed to assist stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture sector to
identify the best adaptation strategies and supporting policies for minimising the risks posed by climate
change to the plans that Vanuatu has to maximise the sustainable benefits from the sector. These plans
aim to (1) provide enough fish for food security, (2) optimise the number of livelihoods that can be based
on fisheries and aquaculture, and (3) maximise the sustainable benefits from tuna for economic
development. Adaptations were also identified to capitalise on the opportunities expected to eventuate
from climate change.
The plans to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture contribute their full potential to food security are
based around providing access to at least present-day average levels of fish consumption (20 kg per
person per year) as the nation’s population grows (Figure 1). However, measures needed to increase
access to fish to provide up to 35 kg of fish per person each year, as recommended by SPC’s Public
Health Division (Figure 1), were also considered.