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Training Report: Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Regional Training Workshop

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Publication Type: 
Only Available Online

PEMSEA organized and conducted a regional training workshop on risk and vulnerability assessment (VA) from March 4 to 5, 2019. The main purpose of this workshop was to introduce the Coastal VA tools that were locally developed that the participants may consider in conducting VA on target sites for each member country. A total of nineteen (19) participants consisting of representatives from ICM learning centers in Indonesia, Thailand and Timor Leste, as well as representatives from the Local Governments Units (LGUs) of Pampanga, Bataan, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, and Guimaras attended this workshop. Three VA tools were presented by speakers from the Marine Science Institute: (a) CIVAT (Coastal Integrity Vulnerability Assessment Tool), (b) TURF (Tools for Understanding the Resilience of Fisheries), and (c) ICSEA Change (Integrated Coastal Sensitivity, Exposure and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change). These tools have incorporated bio-physical attributes that are unique to tropical ecosystems such as the importance of coastal habitats for maintaining coastal integrity and the dependence on reef fisheries. This suite of Coastal VA tools was developed to assess the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to climate change. Specifically, these tools aim to evaluate biodiversity, fisheries, and coastal integrity based on various factors of Sensitivity, Exposure, and Adaptive Capacity. They are semiquantitative, incorporating a degree of technicality with ease of use.

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