Fisheries adaptation to climate change

Project summary: Analyse practical experiences of fisheries management adaptation to climate change through global case studies, and identify examples of best practices to increase fisheries resilience.

Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Expert Panel

Project summary: Provide technical expertise and science advice to DFAT investments in the Pacific region, including integrating climate science into sectors, food security, livelihoods and adaptation programs.

Seychelles development of management plans for sustainable use areas (SWIOFish3)

Summary: Prepare management plans and engage with stakeholders for three identified sustainable-use marine protected areas to enable a cost-effective and replicable transition from protected area designation to implementation.

Scientific Consensus Statement

Project summary: The Scientific Consensus Statement brings together the latest scientific evidence about how activities on land can impact water quality on the GBR. C2O Consulting has been appointed to lead and coordinate the 2023 SCS.

Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit for Solomon Islands

Project summary: C2O Pacific has developed a Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit to help communities monitor their marine environment so that they can identify and discuss issues with their leaders, manage their resources, and plan for change. Toolkits are tailor-made in consultation with local communities and governments to meet location-specific needs.

Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit for Pacific French Territories

Project summary: C2O Pacific has developed a Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit to help communities monitor their marine environment so that they can identify and discuss issues with their leaders, manage their resources, and plan for change. Toolkits are tailor-made in consultation with local communities and governments to meet location-specific needs.

Russell-Mulgrave Reef Trust Partnership Water Quality Program

Project summary: Coordinate a collaborative project that aims to address dissolved inorganic nitrogen in this sugarcane catchment, in partnership with the Program Manager – RRRC 


COTS Control Program

Project summary: Coordinate the Great Barrier Reef crown-of-thorns starfish control program with operational partners – INLOC – and Program Manager – RRRC

Koinmerburra Ridge to Reef

Project summary: The Ridge to Reef Alliance is a multi-disciplinary group of western scientists and Traditional Owners working together to demonstrate how whole-of-ecosystem restoration and caring for Country can come together to achieve First Nations People’s aspirations for Healthy Land and Sea Country and Healthy People.

NESP Synthesis Project

Project summary: Project to bring together the key findings and management applications from all of the NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub research projects into a series of synthesis reports and case studies.

Securing Kiribati’s Natural Heritage: Protected Areas for Community, Atoll and Island Climate Resilience (Securing Kiribati)

Project summary: IUCN funding to design a GEF project to improve the resilience of ecosystems and communities in Kiribati to the impacts of climate change through nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation that support biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.

Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Program Phase 2

Project summary: Involved in the design of the Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Project (VCAP) Phase 2 which is focused on biodiversity, environmental conservation and climate adaptation activities in Vanuatu.

Scoping nature-based solutions in the Pacific region

Project summary: Conduct a review of recent nature-based solutions in the Pacific region and provide recommendations on future needs and opportunities

Great Barrier Reef Wetland Synthesis

Project summary: Develop a robust scientific consensus on the role of wetlands in nutrient (N) removal in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.

Marea Moana (Cook Islands) Outlook Report

Project summary: Develop an Outlook report for the Marae Moana marine area of the Cook Islands

Burdekin Major Integrated Project: Landholders Driving Change

Project summary: Coordinated the design of a major integrated project for reducing sediment runoff from the Bowen Broken Bogie catchments in the Burdekin Region in collaboration with a wide range of delivery partners. Ongoing role in technical input, water quality reporting and synthesis of water quality outcomes.

Vanuatu community-based climate resilience

Project summary: Chief of Party to lead the design of the 8-year Green Climate Fund project including feasibility study and baseline data analysis.

A Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit for the Marshall Islands

Project summary: Developed a tailored Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit for the Marshall Islands. The Toolkit was delivered with comprehensive training for government and communities, and resources to establish monitoring and raise awareness in local villages.

Coral reefs and pollution: Science-to-policy Brief and Technical Report

Project summary: Synthesised science to develop a policy brief to inform international investment in coral reef activities to address pollution, and support decision-making.

Vanuatu RESCCUE (restoration of ecosystem services and climate change adaptation)

Project summary: Goal to increase the resilience of ecosystems and communities in north Efate to global changes. This included the development of a Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit and Guide for Tabu Areas.

Biodiversity and fisheries-based livelihoods in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Project summary: Supported improved marine managed area zoning in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea to enhance food security from fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

Solomon Islands community-based climate change adaption

Project summary: Integrated climate change science into government and community-based planning and adaptation to minimise exposure and reduce vulnerability in Western Province coastal communities, Solomon Islands.

Papua New Guinea Resilient Treaty Villages

Project summary: Delivered community-based sustainable resource management using an innovative ranger platform that can drive local actions for water and food security, health promotion, environmental sustainability, enhanced livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems.

Characterising the connectivity between marine values in the northeast Australian seascape and the Pacific region

Project summary: Mapped values in the northeast Australian seascape and adjacent Pacific waters to characterise the processes and attributes that influence these values and their connectivity at a regional scale. The project delivered a resource that can be used to inform cross-jurisdictional planning and management.

Pacific Islands ocean acidification vulnerability assessment

Project summary: Assessed the vulnerability of 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories to ocean acidification to inform a regional programme to strengthen resilience of Pacific communities.

Water Quality Improvements Plans for Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Catchments

Project summary: C2O Consulting responsible for overall coordination of the development and update of the Wet Tropics and Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plans to identify water quality issues and management options for meeting regional water quality targets.

Led the preparation of several supporting scientific studies for the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions to inform the plan development, including current status and values of coastal and marine assets, development of ecologically relevant pollutant load reduction targets, and assessment of the relative risk of degraded water quality on Great Barrier Reef ecosystems.

Sustainable agriculture and fisheries in Wallis and Futuna

Project summary: Member of expert symposium to provide input on fisheries and climate change to inform the development of a national Sustainability Plan in the French Pacific Territory of Wallis and Futuna.

Integrating climate change into marine environmental assessment policies

Project summary: Identify key climate change issues for marine protected area impact assessments and incorporate into assessment policies, guidelines and procedures.

Torres Strait climate change initiatives

Project summary: Development of a five-year Torres Strait Climate Change Strategy (2014-2018) that includes a community adaptation and resilience plan; as well as the Torres Strait Response Strategy, a complementary management initiative with direct actions to address reef impacts such as coral bleaching, extreme flooding, disease and pest events.

Climate change adaptation in the Pacific region

Project summary: Partnered with managers and communities to provide expertise on climate change vulnerability to identify adaptations and policies at targeted Pacific country workshops. Wrote report on Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture.

Climate change impacts on fisheries resources of northern Australia

Project summary: Identification of potential impacts of climate change on northern Australian fisheries and adaptation for management.

Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Research Coordination

Project summary: Managed and facilitated the design, conduct and delivery of GBR water quality and Torres Strait research on behalf of the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue Program and the National Environmental Research Program.

Monitoring climate change impacts on Pacific coastal fisheries

Client: Secretariat of the Pacific Community | 

Project summary: Facilitated survey design, identification of monitoring indicators, and site selection.

Great Barrier Reef resilience

Project summary: Informed resilience-based management of the Great Barrier Reef through mapping of coral reef resilience in the Keppel Bay region.

Coral reef health and impact survey training

Project summary: Developed a training package (curriculum) for ranger and community monitoring of coral reef health and impact surveys.

Vulnerability of Pacific habitats, fisheries and aquaculture to climate change

Project summary: An international initiative led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to assess the vulnerability of tropical Pacific habitats, fisheries and aquaculture to climate change. Delivery of in-country workshops in New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna to identify climate change adaptation for communities reliant on fisheries and aquaculture for livelihoods and food security.

Climate change risks and opportunities for MDF programs and activities in Sri Lanka

Project summary: Supported the Market Development Facility (MDF) in Sri Lanka to workshop the implications of climate change for the sectors they support and identify solutions to mainstream climate change into all activities.

Arafura & Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Phase II – regional climate change vulnerability assessment

Project summary: Conducted a climate change vulnerability assessment for the large marine ecosystem of Arafura and Timor Seas, including habitats and fisheries in marine waters of Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia. Developed a guide for decision-makers to support local planning and adaptation actions.

Mainstreaming climate change into aquatic agricultural systems in the Asia-Pacific region

Project summary: A review of climate change impacts on aquatic agricultural systems in select countries to identify ways to integrate adaptation.

NEOM climate change vulnerability assessment

Project summary: Conducted a semi-quantitative climate change situational analysis & vulnerability assessment for the NEOM region in the northern Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.

NEOM Outlook Report 2020

Project summary: Developed the inaugural Outlook Report for the NEOM region in the northern Red Sea of Saudi Arabia.

JPI Oceans Pilot Actions Program

Project summary: Joint scientific intercalibration exercise for the EU Water Framework Directive coastal and transitional waters in the north-east Atlantic.

Supporting Caribbean coral reef management (CARICOM)

Project summary: Partnership with coral reef managers to facilitate knowledge exchange and build capacity to address climate change.

FishAdapt Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Project summary: Member of the Conference Scientific Committee, and Convenor of the Proceedings Sub-Committee in Bangkok, Thailand.

Development and status of phytoplankton tools for ecological assessment of coastal and transitional waters, United Kingdom

Project summary: Preparation and submission of Phytoplankton and Nutrient practitioner’s report detailing the Water Framework Directive tools for the UK.