Getting ADAPTATION Right

Climate change is a major challenge of our time, and affects everyone around the world, however those most acutely affected are often the people who have contributed the least to GHG emissions. This theme covers the resilience and adaptation capacity of small-scale fisheries in the face of climate change.

Resilience in the face of climate change

The recent AR6 report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlined the current and anticipated outcomes of human-induced climate change. According to the IPCC report, ocean and land warming, and ocean acidification are having, and will continue to have, devastating effects globally, threatening lives and livelihoods of coastal communities and small-scale fisheries. Over the next few months, and considering the recent IPCC report, we’ll be discussing the effects of climate change on fisheries and fishing communities. If you would like to contribute a short commentary (between 500-800 words) on this topic, or anything related to it, please send it to us at ofigovernance@mun.ca.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation: Why it matters for small-scale fisheries

“Small-scale coastal fisheries are increasingly becoming vulnerable to climate and environmental changes because of their direct dependence and a range of interactions not only with the major drivers causing these changes but most importantly with the resulting consequences for their lives, livelihoods, and their entire social-ecological identities."

This quote from Prof. Prateep Nayak, who leads a new partnership project ‘Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries Communities,’ is a good reminder of the differentiated effects of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of SSF around the world. It also points to the need for better thinking around climate change mitigation and adaptation, which is critical and timely given the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). This month, we focus in on climate change adaptation strategies for SSF and the importance of local context.