Evaluating climate change adaptation readiness of Caribbean island nations in relation to fisheries and fishing communities

Evaluating climate change adaptation readiness of Caribbean island nations in relation to fisheries and fishing communities

This thesis evaluated the readiness of Caribbean fisheries to respond to climate change including factors such as political leadership on adaptation; institutional organisation for adaptation; adaptation decision making and stakeholder involvement; climate change information and research; funding for adaptation planning and evaluation; and science and technology to inform adaptation.

The researcher looked only at governmental level analysis and assessment of adaptation readiness but does not involve community-based fieldwork. He proposes that balancing climate change and development efforts through adaptation policy planning at the governmental level is vital.

Recognising the high level of vulnerability of the Caribbean region to climate change, he concludes readiness evaluation is imperative for effective planning and for sustainable development.

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