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

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

Fishing communities are dependent on natural resources for their sustainable livelihoods especially in developing countries. The Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change with unprecedented sea level rise, severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, coastal erosion and loss of infrastructure and livelihoods.

The idea of climate change adaptation plans and programs is therefore recognised among governments and relevant stakeholders as crucial especially in developing appropriate strategies and interventions. It is important for these adaptation plans and policies to be evaluated to ascertain their efficiency, effectiveness and also to measure the level of community involvement. In order to evaluate government level climate change preparation with a focus on fisheries, communities and fishing communities specifically, Ford and King (2013) climate change adaptation readiness framework with potential components and indicators for evaluating readiness for adaptation was adopted.

[Adapted from author abstract]

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