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Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector

The Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH) objective is to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector, through introduction of adaptation measures in fisheries management and capacity building of fisherfolk and aquaculturists.

The components of the project are:

1. Increased awareness and understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability for effective climate change adaptation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector;
2. Improved resilience of fisherfolk and coastal communities and aquaculturists
3. Climate change adaptation mainstreamed in multilevel fisheries governance
4. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

Overview

The seven countries participating in the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) project in the Eastern Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago – are highly dependent on the fisheries sector for food security, livelihoods and household income. The sector is expected to be severely impacted by climate change and variability through slow-onset changes as well as extreme weather events. Many of the root causes for climate change and climate variability originate outside of the Caribbean region, yet the consequences are expected to be severe for the region and for the fisheries sector in particular. Coastal communities and fisherfolk (men and women involved in all aspects of the sector) are considered to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

In addition to the threats of climate change, the fisheries sector is already suffering from other pressures such as: overfishing, loss of habitat, pollution, disturbance of coral reefs, and invasive species, with climate change further exacerbating these problems. While the project cannot alter the projections for climate change in the region, it can address the barriers to adaptation in order to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Project countries

Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Grenada Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines alt="Trinidad

Components

Component 1: Understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and vulnerability

Component 1: Understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and vulnerability

  • Assessment on climate change vulnerability in the fisheries sector carried out regional, national and local level;
  • Models that describe fish abundance and accessibility developed;
  • Findings of vulnerability assessments and models disseminated at regional, national and local level to improve understanding of climate change impacts.

Component 2: Increasing fisherfolk, aquaculturists and coastal community resilience to climate change and variability

Component 2: Increasing fisherfolk, aquaculturists and coastal community resilience to climate change and variability

  • Strengthened ICT capacity of fisherfolk and CNFOs;
  • Strengthened fisherfolk and CNFO capacity (in business skills, insurance schemes, coping with loss, rapid response and boat hauling) and associated equipment delivered;
  • Strengthened capacity for full utilization of key commercial and under-utilized species;
  • Exchange programs on fisheries co-management and adaptation technology implemented;
  • Existing aquaculture centres rehabilitated and new aquaculture centres established;
  • Strengthened capacity of aquaculturists in climate change adaptation measures and adaptive technologies.

Component 3: Mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in multi-level fisheries governance

Component 3: Mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in multi-level fisheries governance

  • Strengthened regional and national institutional capacity on mechanisms to implement climate change adaptation measures
  • Climate change adaptation mainstreamed into policies, plans and associated processes


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the Global Environment Facility (GEF) agency responsible for supervision, provision of technical guidance and financial execution and operation of the project. The project’s executing partners are Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) and the national fisheries authorities. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the CRFM and other partners such as the University of the West Indies (UWI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO). The project will also collaborate with other relevant GEF-financed regional initiatives such as the CLME+ project and REBYC-II LAC and Stewardfish. Fisherfolk, aquaculturists and coastal communities are the direct beneficiaries of the project through its goals and achievements.