The vital role of inland fisheries in the diet, incomes and livelihoods of people in developing countries is the focus of a new report launched today. While marine fisheries are under increasing scrutiny, those based on river and lake systems are often overlooked. Globally, rivers and lakes provide at least 13 million tons of fish annually and generate 60 million jobs. In Asia, for example, the fish catch of Lower Mekong Basin alone is worth up to US$7.6 billion on retail markets. The joint report by UNEP and the World Fish Center warns that pollution, loss of habitat, urbanization and the impact of dams on water flows are now challenging the viability of future fish stocks - with serious consequences for livelihoods, health and biodiversity in the developing world. The report urges countries to adopt an 'ecosystem approach' to managing these rich inland resources: from curbing pollution and destructive fishing practices to sustaining river flows and restoring habitats.
Date: Friday 22 October 2010
Time: 15:00 - 15:30 (Nagoya)
Location: International Conference Room, (Room 3F), Building 3, Nagoya Congress Center
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy, UNEP
Yumiko Kura, World Fish Center
Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, UNEP
For More Information, Please Contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media, on Tel. +81 80 3660 1001 or +41 79 596 5737 or E-mail: Nick.Nuttall@unep.org or
The report will be available for download from http://www.worldfishcenter.org/resource_centre/Blue_Harvest.pdf
Report embargoed until 15.00 hours Nagoya Time (6.00am GMT) 22 October 2010.