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WELLINGTON -- Pacific island fisheries face collapse in the next 25 years as overfishing, population growth and climate change threaten one of the region’s main economic resources, a study warned Wednesday.

The report, published by the Noumea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community, said the $2-billion-a-year industry was poorly managed, with a lack of coordination among the 22 island nations in the region.

It warned some types of tuna were already being dangerously overexploited and the problem would spread to other species as foreign fleets clamored for access to rich fishing grounds amid a global fall in fish stocks.

Read more: Study shows Pacific fisheries may face collapse by 2035

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released two datasets on climate change adaptation in the Ethiopian Nile Basin and in the South African Limpopo Basin.

The datasets are based on household surveys as part of the Food and Water Security under Global Change Project, which focuses on developing adaptive capacity in rural Africa. The South African dataset represents 794 households from 19 districts across four South African provinces and was designed to capture the diverse agricultural patterns in the basin. The Ethiopian dataset ensured representation for the districts in the Nile River Basin, reflecting the different rainfall patterns, agro-ecological zones in the basins, vulnerability of food production and levels of irrigation use. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

[Press Release on the Datasets] [Ethiopian Dataset] [South African Dataset]

 

Source: Climate L | 28 October 2010

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An international expert on nature preservation has called for a bigger role for women in discussing climate change, as they are more vulnerable to its impacts.

“Why are women, particularly poor women, disproportionately vulnerable to climate change? It’s because many women live in conditions of social exclusion,” Lorena Aguilar told The Korea Herald as she prepared for the Global Women Capital Forum in Seoul.

Aguilar currently serves as a Global Senior Gender Advisor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She has dedicated more than two and half decades of efforts toward sustainable and equitable human development incorporating social and gender issues into the use and conservation of natural resources.

Read more: Women’s role in climate issues emphasized

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