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The sixth Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Conference (CZAP) will be held in Chiangmai, northern Thailand, from December 17-19, 2012 with an additional excursion day on December 20th.

The conference theme, ‘Oceans-to-Plates’ reflects two realities of the coast. First is the recognition that what goes on in the oceans does affect people in coastal areas, especially those dependant on fisheries and coastal resources for their livelihoods. Linking oceans to coastal areas through a ‘fish chain’ is one way to highlight the interconnectedness between natural and social systems. Second, coastal communities are vulnerable, not only to climate, environmental and anthropogenic changes, but also to natural phenomena occurring in the oceans. Tsunamis and earthquakes are becoming increasingly common in the Asia-Pacific region, causing major disasters and hardship to coastal people.

Issues related to these two realities will be explored in this upcoming CZAP conference, which will be held in conjunction with a meeting about the new global partnership project on small-scale fisheries: Too Big to Ignore.

The conference venue is Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel.  Click here for information and reservations.