Description of the project:

From April 2017 to March 2020, CANARI is partnering with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources – Anguilla, the Fisheries and Ocean Governance Unit – Montserrat and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies to implement the project Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat.

The project, which is funded by the Darwin Plus: Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund, with a budget of £367,110, is aimed at mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) into fisheries governance and management in Anguilla and Monserrat, using an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). See here for more information.

Key activities and results

The project is aimed at achieving the following key results:

  • Improved resilience and sustainability of fisheries, associated livelihoods and conservation of the marine environment in Anguilla and Montserrat.
  • Adaptation to climate change and variability mainstreamed into fisheries governance and management, using EAF, in Anguilla and Montserrat.

The project will contribute to achieving these high-level results through the following specific outputs and activities:

Assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change and identification of potential adaptation actions: Local and scientific knowledge will be combined to assess the spatial vulnerability of the fisheries sectors in Anguilla and Montserrat to climate change and natural disasters and the institutional readiness for CCA in the fisheries sectors. The results of these assessments will be used to identify and prioritise adaptation actions. Spatial vulnerability assessments will be conducted using Participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) and the Adaptation: Rapid Institutional Analysis (ARIA) toolkit, developed by the World Resources Institute, will be used to undertake the institutional readiness assessments.

Knowledge mobilisation and exchange: Guided by a communication strategy, knowledge mobilisation and exchange will be facilitated (e.g. through convening multi-stakeholder knowledge mobilisation forums; production of policy briefs and other communication products; and engaging key stakeholders by way of participatory videos and social media) to improve awareness and understanding among policy makers, resource managers, fisherfolk in fishing communities and the public about climate change adaptation readiness and vulnerability in the fisheries sectors of Anguilla and Montserrat.

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in fisheries-related policies and plans: One capacity building workshop will be convened in each island to strengthen the capacity of policy makers, resource managers and users to utilise the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) EAF toolbox to mainstream CCA in fisheries policy and planning in Anguilla and Montserrat.

Strengthening capacity of fisherfolk to undertake practical actions for ecosystem stewardship: The capacity of fisherfolk and their organisations to utilise an ecosystem stewardship approach will be strengthened by i) convening one workshop in each island aimed at building the capacity of fisherfolk and fisheries extension officers to promote ecosystem stewardship that would improve climate resilience and livelihoods and ii) providing four small grants to fisherfolk organisations in Anguilla and Montserrat (two per island) to support practical action projects to demonstrate ecosystem stewardship.

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For more information contact Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].