Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
"To promote sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources in and among Member States, by development, management and conservation of these resources in collaboration with stakeholders to benefit the people of the Caribbean region."
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management


To strengthen regional and national cooperation and develop capacity in addressing climate change impacts and disasters in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.


Using available information, the study will:

  1. assess vulnerability to disasters and climate change in CARICOM countries by understanding potential impacts to the system, the sensitivity of the system to such changes and the current adaptive capacity of the system;
  2. identify gaps in the existing knowledge to assess vulnerability in this system;
  3. determine potential measures for reducing vulnerability to disasters and climate change;
  4. provide policy guidance to reduce the system’s vulnerability within the wider sustainable development objectives;
  5. develop a strategy and action plan for integrating DRM and CCA into small-scale fisheries and aquaculture;
  6. suggest a programme for funding;
  7. produce a workshop report

Expected Outputs

  • Assessment study on the interface between DRM, CCA and fisheries and aquaculture in the CARICOM region, with a focus on small-scale fisheries and small-scale aquaculture
  • Strategy and action plan for integrating DRM, CCA and fisheries and aquaculture, with a focus on small-scale fisheries (SSF) and small-scale aquaculture (SSA)
  • Results-based programme proposal with supporting project concept notes towards implementation and resource mobilization
  • Workshop report

Geographical scope 

Anguilla   Grenada St. Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and Barbuda   Guyana St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The Bahamas   Haiti Suriname
Barbados   Jamaica Trinidad
Belize   Montserrat Turks and Caicos
Dominica   St. Lucia  


Country Consultations

  • Grenada                                  20 - 21 September 2012
  • Guyana                                   25 - 26 September 2012
  • Jamaica                                   17 - 19 October 2012
  • Belize                                      22 - 23 October 2012 


Links to partner agencies

  • Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization/Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (FAO/WECAFC)

 Link to UWI consultant

  • Centre for Resource Management and environmental Studies (CERMES)

 Other regional links

  • Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF)
  • Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)
  • Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, UWI-Mona (DRRC)
  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Important information available online

Badjeck, C., E. H. Allison, A. S. Halls and N. Dulvy. 2010. Impacts of climate variability and change on fishery-based livelihoods. Marine Policy 34: 375–383

CCCCC. 2009. Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (2009-2015). Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belmopan, Belize

CCCCC. 2012. Delivering transformational change 2011-21: Implementing the CARICOM `Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change`, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belmopan, Belize

CDEMA. 2011. The Guidance Tool: A Manual for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into the CDM Country Work Programme. Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Barbados. 147pp.

CDEMA 2011. Climate Smart Community Disaster Management Programme. Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Barbados. 56pp.

CDERA. 2007. CDM Strategy and Programme Framework 2007-2012. Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, Barbados.

Cochrane, K., C. De Young, D. Soto, T. Bahri (eds). 2009. Climate change implications for fisheries and aquaculture: overview of current scientific knowledge. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 530. Rome, FAO. 212p

Nurse, L. 2011. The implications of global climate change for fisheries management in the Caribbean. Climate and Development 3:228-241

WECAFC. 2012. Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries in the WECAFC Region. Background Paper for Fourteenth Session of the Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC)., Panama City, Panama, 6 - 9 February, 2012

Westlund, L., F. Poulain, H. Bage, R. van Anrooy. 2007. Disaster response and risk management in the fisheries sector. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 479. Rome, FAO. 56p.

Study outputs
(check back later)

Workshop information
(check back later)


CRFM Newsletter Fisher Folk Net    CNFO Members Only   
Copyright 2010 by Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism