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Published on Mar 7, 2011
"Climate change. It's no longer a scientific curiosity, but the overriding environmental issue of our time." So begins the short film, Planning for Change, which tells the story of climate change and the impacts it is expected to have on the estimated 40 million people who live in the coastal zone of the western Indian Ocean and who depend on its ecosystem goods and services. Planning for Change highlights the challenges policy-makers and managers must meet to safeguard these vital resources, which support bountiful commercial fisheries, vitally important artisanal fisheries, a thriving tourism industry, alternative livelihoods, such as aquaculture and, most importantly, the food security and wellbeing of their people. Solutions to these daunting challenges are suggested through the region-wide adoption of a Large Marine Ecosystem approach to management. Planning for Change has been created specifically for an audience of policy-developers and decision-makers and it invites these viewers to work together with the GEF/UNDP Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project in addressing the challenge posed by increasing environmental variability and climate change and to take a lead in forging a new Western Indian Ocean Sustainable Ecosystem Alliance (WIOSEA) to ensure sustainable management and economic benefits for all, far into the future.