Due to the world’s rapidly growing population, which is expected to peak somewhere around 9.5 billion, food production will need to be massively increased over the next few decades. This increase must be achieved without further degrading the environment. The unit environmental footprint of food production must be significantly reduced from where it is today. This concept, termed sustainable intensification, applies as much to aquaculture as it does to other agricultural sectors.
As a step towards this goal FAO and NACA convened a Regional Workshop on Documentation and Dissemination of Successful Practices of Sustainable Intensification of Aquaculture in Asia-Pacific, from 16-18 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was attended by 29 experts from 17 states in the region and regional development organisations. It was opened by Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.
The purpose of the workshop was to identify and document successful farming practices and technologies that had contributed to the intensification of aquaculture in a sustainable way. That is to say that they had provided demonstrable benefits to farmers and farming communities without adding to the environmental impact of aquaculture production, or by reducing it. By documenting these practices, it is hoped that awareness of them will be raised and that they will be adopted in other countries in the region.
The workshop participants reviewed twelve case studies shortlisted for consideration:
Case studies that meet the grade for sustainable intensification will be written up in a forthcoming publication to be released jointly by FAO and NACA, which will be released for free download in due course. For more information please contact kuldeep.lal ‘at’ enaca.org.