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ACB and PEMSEA Co-publish Tropical Coasts on Food Security

Quezon City, Philippines — PEMSEA and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity have co-published an issue of Tropical Coasts, titled "Coastal Resources: Productivity and Impacts on Food Security."In the issue, Mr. Rodrigo U. Fuentes, Executive Director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) expresses the concern on food security ardently when he states, "Ultimately, the loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest threats that we face. It is in the area of food security, perhaps more than any other, that biodiversity's value is most clear. When we destroy biodiversity, we destroy our source of food."The issue also features articles from various organizations and universities from within and outside the East Asian Seas region. R.A. Inciong (ACB) expounds on the threats faced with biodiversity and food security, as the livelihood of fishers in the region. Michael Kendall (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) explores areas of research that require greater international cooperation to overcome the threats posed to the ocean and its resources in a high carbon dioxide world. Jin Hwan Hwang (Dongguk University) calls attention to the changing perspectives regarding climate change adaptation measures for food security.G. Robin South (International Ocean Institute - OceanLearn Programme) shares the experience in the Pacific Islands Region where IOI has been conducting training courses on the management of fisheries, using the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as a vehicle to review existing arrangements and options for the management of oceanic and coastal fisheries.Donald J. Macintosh (Mangroves for the Future Secretariat) and Minna M. Epps (IUCN Asia Regional Office) relate the efforts of MFF to build knowledge, strengthen empowerment and enhance governance to address the current and future threats of natural disasters, and to conserve and restore ecosystems. Natasja Sheriff (WorldFish Center), David C. Little (University of Stirling), and Kwanta Tantikamton (Rajamangala Institute of Technology) outline policy considerations regarding aquaculture and viable livelihood alternatives for the poor, based on a research project conducted in Southern Thailand.Three on-the-ground examples of improved governance of coastal and marine resources are also included in this issue. Darren Raeburn and Katie Chalk (World Vision) relate the changes that have occurred in Tabogan, Philippines, as a consequence of the development a Coastal Resources Management Plan (CRMP), and the implementation of a marine sanctuary. In Cavite, Philippines, Anabelle L. Cayabyab and Evelyn M. Reyes (Provincial Government of Cavite) demonstrate how ICM has strengthened the governance of marine and coastal resources and resulted in benefits to low-income, less privileged fisherfolks and fish farmers. Vitaya Khunplome (Provincial Administrative Organization of Chonburi, Thailand) and Nisakorn Wiwekwin (Sriracha Municipality, Chonburi Province) similarly explain scaling up of ICM as a sustainable development strategy in Chonburi, which is beginning to show results in terms of increased harvest of crabs and other marine species, enhanced mangrove coverage and restoration of seagrass beds.