Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture–dependent livelihoods in Myanmar

Fisheries and aquaculture in Myanmar is critically important to the country’s food and nutrition security and economy. Yet the sector faces many challenges including climate change which is forecast to alter sea surface and inland water temperature, cause changes in ocean currents, and more.

FishAdapt seeks to enable inland and coastal fishery and aquaculture stakeholders to adapt to climate change by understanding and reducing vulnerabilities, piloting new practices and technologies, and sharing information.

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How FishAdapt works

FishAdapt uses the following four components to assist costal fishery and aquaculture stakeholders in Myanmar.

Component one:

Strengthening the national, regional, state and township level regulatory and policy frameworks to facilitate adaptive capacities of the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Component two:

Enhancing critical adaptation practices demonstrated by fishers and fishing communities in vulnerable coastal and inland water regions of Myanmar.

Component three:

Developing and applying adaptation models to strengthen the resilience of Myanmar’s aquaculture sector to the impacts of climate change.

Component four:

Knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, training and scaling – up adaptation practices, lessons learned development and dissemination.

FishAdapt in action

The FishAdapt project uses various approaches to reduce the underlying vulnerability of fishing and fish farming communities.

A Vulnerability Assessment of climate change impacts will identify “at risk” ecosystems and dependent communities, in particular small-scale traditional fisheries and fish farming systems for specific action.

Environmental sustainability will be ensured through positive impacts of the introduced climate change adaptation plans, fisheries management plans, technologies and approaches on a range of ecosystem services, which will be developed in local community user areas and, in the longer term, on larger areas through upscaling of best practices.

Screening of any new climate change adaptation (CCA) technologies and approaches developed by the project will be undertaken according to national legislation. Long-term strengthening of climate change adaptation knowledge sharing networks and environmental monitoring will be undertaken by ensuring these will operate within national mechanisms and resources by project completion.

In line with effective and comprehensive capacity development practices to address individual, organizational  and institutional capacities, the project will work at the national and region/state level on laws, policies and institutional strengthening, coordination and knowledge management. Community level adaption approaches and technologies will be carried out at in the Yangon Region, Ayeyarawady Region, and Rakhine State.


 Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MOALI)          Myanmar Department of Fisheries



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