USAID/COMFISH: Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future in Senegal

USAID/COMFISH: Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future in Senegal

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation in Fishing Communities

Pirogues on the shore in Senegal

There is wide agreement by most scientists and professionals that climate change is already occurring with serious consequences for Senegal, where it is likely to have significant impacts on the fisheries sector, coastal and marine biodiversity, coastal habitat and infrastructure, and coastal communities. Combined climate and non-climate stresses can impinge on the success of co-management and the goal of prosperous and sustainable artisanal fisheries. Impacts include the migration of inland farmers to coastal fishing communities, thereby adding to the number of fishers and fishing effort. Impacts also include coastal erosion and habitat loss associated with sea level rise and storm sea surge, soil salinization and salt water intrusion of coastal aquifers. The project will:

  • Produce a guide on how to conduct vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies for coastal fishing communities.
  • Demonstrate and build experience on effective fishing community vulnerability and adaptation planning (V&A) methods. Field sites will serve as demonstration sites for climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.
  • Build capacity for scaling up vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies. The Project will document field site experience and communicate for transfer to other locations, including through peer exchange and study tours.
  • Mainstream climate change V&A into policies, plans and decision-making at national and sub-national levels. The Project will provide technical support to government and fisheries stakeholders to develop capacity in the use of science for understanding climate change trends, impacts and future scenarios, and for vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.

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