Port of Spain, May 20, 2020 – Fisherfolk in Anguilla and Montserrat have successfully implemented practical action projects on climate change adaptation and ecosystem stewardship and helped build the resilience of fisheries and marine resources and their livelihoods. These practical action projects were supported by small grants and mentoring from the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) under the three-year project, “Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat,” from 2017 to 2020. The project aimed to mainstream climate change adaptation into fisheries governance and management in Anguilla and Monserrat, using an ecosystem approach to fisheries. It was funded by the United Kingdom Government’s Darwin Initiative.
Under the project, CANARI established a US$24,000 small grant facility as part of its Caribbean Sea Innovation Fund (CarSIF). The objective was to support capacity building of fisherfolk and their organisations for local adaptation to climate change and ecosystem stewardship in Anguilla and Montserrat. From August 2019 to February 2020, fisherfolk organisations in both islands implemented six-month long projects, with small grants valued at approximately US$10,000-11,000.