Aquatic foods from marine and freshwater systems are critical to the nutrition, health, livelihoods, economies and culture of billions of people worldwide - but climate-related hazards may compromise their ability to provide these benefits. This talk presents estimates of national-level aquatic food system climate risk based on an integrative food systems approach that connects climate hazards impacting marine and freshwater capture fisheries and aquaculture to their contributions to sustainable food system outcomes. Without mitigation, climate hazards pose high risks to nutritional, social, economic and environmental outcomes worldwide - especially for wild-capture fisheries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Small Island Developing States. For countries projected to experience compound climate risks, reducing societal vulnerabilities can lower climate risk by margins similar to meeting Paris Agreement mitigation targets. System-level interventions addressing dimensions like governance, gender equity and poverty are needed to enhance aquatic and terrestrial food system resilience and provide investments with large co-benefits towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaker: Michelle Tigchelaar, Stanford University
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