CPO’s RISA Hosted Panel and Poster Sessions at the Global Council for Science and the Environment 2022 Annual Conference

  • 23 June 2022
CPO’s RISA Hosted Panel and Poster Sessions at the Global Council for Science and the Environment 2022 Annual Conference

The Global Council for Science and the Environment 2022 Annual Conference took place virtually from June 21-24th, and explored the complex interactions between biodiversity and climate change and how these complexities factor into conservation strategies to protect global biodiversity. CPO’s RISA program organized two sessions for the conference.

Organized and moderated by RISA Program Manager Sean Bath, the panel session—Paradigms, Processes, and Adaptation Pathways for Transformative Change from the NOAA RISA Network—was held on June 21st, and discussed some of the deep accomplishments RISA teams have made in regions since the 1990s. These included the integration of Indigenous approaches and values in Alaska (covered by Sarah Trainor & Adelheid Herrmann from the Alaska RISA), the application of social learning to use-inspired research in the U.S. Southwest (covered by Gigi Owen from the Southwest RISA team), and the upscaling of innovative drought monitoring and measuring methods in the Carolinas (presented by Kirsten Lackstrom from the former Carolinas RISA team). Lastly, RISA Program Manager Ariela Zycherman highlighted where RISA is going in regards to knowledge-to-action, the human dimensions of climate change, and the practice of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in science.

The second session was organized by Acting RISA Program Director Caitlin Simpson and RISA Program Specialist Genie Bey. The poster session, titled Innovations to Support Climate Adaptation Across the RISA Network, was held on June 22nd. Attendees were introduced to examples of the innovative approaches the RISA program supports to adapt to climate change, specifically RISA’s work on small and medium sized business disruption as well as the recent focus on fiscal pathways for climate adaptation.

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For more information, contact Genie Bey.



Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA)

MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a partnership between the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office of Science and Technology that supports targeted research to promote adaptation and resilience of the nation's valuable fisheries and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with many partners, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science StrategyRegional Action Plans, and other sources.  

ISSUE: Healthy fisheries are a significant component of the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational marine fisheries generate over $200 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.8 million jobs annually (FEUS 2016). Fisheries also support working waterfronts and coastal communities, provide opportunities for commerce, are tied to rich cultures, and help meet the growing demand for seafood across the U.S. and the world.

Climate change is impacting fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing communities, and these impacts are expected to increase. Changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, changing currents, coastal inundation, extreme events, etc.) can affect the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks that support economically important fisheries. Sustainable fisheries management requires an improved understanding of how climate, fishing, and other stressors interact to affect fish stocks (including their habitats and prey), fisheries and fishing-dependent communities.  

PROGRAM HISTORY: The CAFA Program was established by the NOAA Research Climate Program Office and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish stocks, fisheries and fishing communities. The partnership originated through the former Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and in 2021 was renamed the Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program as part of the Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences Program.

SPONSORS: Funding for the CAFA Program comes from the OAR Climate Program Office and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. 




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Jennifer Dopkowski
NOAA Research
Climate Program Office
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E: jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov

Roger Griffis
NOAA Fisheries
Office of Science and Technology

P: (301) 427-8134
E: roger.b.griffis@noaa.gov


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