New case study highlights readiness of the Anguilla and Montserrat fisheries sectors to adapt to climate change
Port of Spain – A new case study from the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) highlights key findings and priorities for institutional strengthening to improve readiness to adapt to climate change in the fisheries sectors of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories, Anguilla and Montserrat.
The fisheries sectors in Anguilla and Montserrat are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels and sea surface temperatures, more intense storms and ocean acidification.
One key aspect in addressing these impacts is ensuring “institutional readiness” to adapt in the fisheries sectors. Institutional readiness refers to the policies and plans, processes, mechanisms and resources that are in place to facilitate adaptation to climate change.
CANARI assessed institutional readiness for adaptation to climate change in Anguilla’s and Montserrat’s fisheries sectors in 2018 using the World Resources Institute’s Adaptation: Rapid Institutional Analysis (ARIA) toolkit. The toolkit focuses on the ability to deliver five key adaptation functions: 1) assessment of climate change impacts; 2) prioritisation of adaptation actions; 3) coordination of stakeholders and resources; 4) information management; and 5) mainstreaming into development planning.
The assessment involved a comprehensive desk review and consultations with representatives from key agencies responsible for fisheries and marine resources, environmental, climate and disaster risk management, development and finance, as well as fisherfolk and their organisations, to determine how well each of these functions are being carried out in Anguilla and Montserrat.
Priorities for institutional strengthening identified for both Overseas Territories include updating national fisheries management plans and legislation to integrate climate change and disaster concerns, establishing national multi-stakeholder committees for better coordination and resource mobilisation, and improving access to climate information to guide decision-making.
CANARI conducted the institutional readiness assessments in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources - Anguilla and Fisheries and Ocean Governance Unit - Montserrat as part of the Darwin Plus-funded project, Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat. These assessments support mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in the fisheries sector for enhanced stewardship of marine resources and livelihood benefits in Anguilla and Montserrat.