Food security and climate change adaptation in an Atoll community

Marine turtle © IUCN Christian Laufenberg
Publicado: 05 Noviembre 2014
Última edición: 08 Abril 2020
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Resumen

To reduce dependence on declining fisheries and vulnerability to climate change , Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee is promoting a model of community self-sufficiency, local food security and adaptation, relying on reintroduction of native crops; a pearl farm to fund education and health projects; and introduction of rainwater harvesting and solar technology. The community-owned initiative is a sustainability model for other atolls in the Pacific.

Classifications

Región
Oceanía
Escala de aplicación
Local
Ecosistema
Arrecifes coralinos
Ecosistemas marinos y costeros
Lagune
Tema
Adaptación al cambio climático
Gestión de residuos
Islas
Medios de vida sostenibles
Reducción de desastres
Seguridad alimentaria
Challenges
Inundaciones
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Mareas altas (tormentas)
Cosecha insostenible, incluida la sobrepesca
Falta de seguridad alimentaria

Ubicación

Marshall Islands
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Impactos positivos

Actions to address waste management issues and the conversion of the Atoll’s energy use to renewable sources are major steps towards reducing local pollution of the Atoll. New power sources are cleaner, while improved waste management will reduce contamination of soil and water sources and help to address problems surrounding invasive species. Restoration of shoreline vegetation through the planting of native and traditionally-used species has mitigated erosion and flooding, and regenerated crucial habitat for threatened species such as the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate). Conservation of native plant species through establishment of gardens. The greatest benefit of this initiative to the community of Namdrik is through its holistic strengthening of the community’s long-term resilience and adaptability to the anticipated impacts of climate change. The resulting activities are providing socioeconomic improvements in the short term, for example by enhancing access to fresh drinking water.

Contribuido por

James Hardcastle International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)