Description of the project:

Climate change is expected to impact significantly on the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector, resulting in declining productivity, loss of fish habitats and damage to boats and infrastructure due to extreme weather events, higher ocean temperatures and coral bleaching, ocean acidification and sea level rise.  Coastal communities and fisherfolk (men and women involved in all aspects of the sector) are particularly vulnerable to these impacts as they are dependent on the fisheries sector for food security, livelihoods and household income.  However, at present, there is a fairly ad hoc approach to assessing the climate change vulnerability of coastal and fishing communities.  This limits the potential for comparisons across the region and for improved understanding of who and what is vulnerable and how to effectively adapt in the fisheries sector.

CANARI has been contracted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to undertake regional implementation of the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) in coastal and fishing communities under the Climate Change Adaptation in the Fisheries Sector of the Eastern Caribbean Project (CC4FISH).  This VCA work will be implemented from September 2017 to May 2018. See here for project summary.

Project goal

To improve understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities for effective adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector through development of a regional framework and toolkit for conducting VCAs in coastal and fishing communities. This will enable a harmonised approach to VCAs across the region to facilitate information exchange and comparisons between countries.

Key activities and outputs

  • Develop a communication and engagement strategy to guide project visibility, stakeholder engagement and dissemination of results, lessons and recommendations
  • Develop a technical review report on the application of VCAs in coastal and fishing communities in the Eastern Caribbean based on a comprehensive desk review
  • Prepare a regional framework for VCAs in coastal and fishing communities in the Eastern Caribbean
  • Prepare a VCA toolkit for conducting local level VCAs in coastal and fishing communities in the Eastern Caribbean
  • Test and validate the VCA toolkit in four fishing communities in Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (two communities each). Download the field report here.
  • Facilitate a regional workshop to elicit stakeholder input and finalise the regional framework and toolkit for implementing VCAs in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector. Download the workshop report here.

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See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme and Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance Programme