Completion of detailed climate change impact assessments for Caribbean fisheries as part of the Caribbean track of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience provides a foundation for a more systematic and informed approach to climate change adaptation planning in the region’s fisheries sector. The project developed a “climate-smart” fisheries monitoring and adaptation toolkit for the Caribbean region. Adapting fisheries to climate variability and change is an iterative process that requires monitoring (Karp et al., 2018; UNFCCC, 2018; Poulain et al., 2018). The toolkit is a monitoring framework for detecting the impacts of climate change and fishers’ responses to these impacts. A series of “Monitoring Cards” provide quick-reference summaries of key indicators, monitoring designs, and potential analyses for each of the monitoring priorities identified with project stakeholders. By adopting the monitoring guidance provided in the toolkit, regional stakeholders will be in a position to provide a “line of sight” between adaptation measures and vulnerability reduction, which is also important in making the case in accessing global climate finance.

Key references

Karp, M.A., Peterson, J., Lynch, P.D. and Griffis, R. (2018). Accounting for Shifting Distributions and Changing Productivity in the Fishery Management Process: From Detection to Management Action.

Poulain, F., Himes-Cornell, A., Shelton, C. (2018). Methods and tools for climate change adaptation in
fisheries and aquaculture. In Barange, M., Bahri, T., Beveridge, M. C. M., Cochrane, K. L., Funge-Smith, S. & P., & F., (Eds). Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture: synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options. Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome. 654p.

UNFCCC, (2018). Progress, experience, best practices, lessons learned, gaps, needs and support provided and received in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans. 48th session, Bonn, April 30-May 10, 2018. 29p.