Strengthening the Capacity of Fisheries Communities
Posted: Sep 9, 2013
Strengthening the Capacity of Fisheries Communities for Adaptation to Climate Change: Identification of Policy Intervention Entry Points
Strengthening the Capacity of Fisheries Communities for Adaptation to Climate Change:
Identification of Policy Intervention Entry Points
Fisheries and aquaculture play significant roles in the provision of food supplies, enhancing food security and income generation in Africa.
The sector still has considerable potential for imparting hugely on food security and livelihoods, especially in poverty stricken rural coastal and riparian communities. However there are growing evidences that climate change may pose considerable threat for this potential.
Variability in climatic conditions continues to have devastating effects on broad range of ecosystems, societies and economies. These are in turn putting increasing pressure on many livelihoods and food supplies, including those in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
The fisheries and aquaculture sector is likely to exhibit varying responses to climate change phenomenon. Changes might be reflected in productivity of marine and inland water ecosystems, species distribution abundance and shortage of water for aquaculture practices.
These changes can manifest in both negative (e.g. species substitution and invasions) and positive occurrences (e.g. increase growth performance of farmed species).
The full impact of long-term trends in climate change, in particular related to global warming, is less well-understood in fisheries though beginning to receive attention. Communities that are dependent on fisheries as main sources of livelihoods are likely expected to be affected by the effects of climate change.
The first Conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture within the context of policy and governance reforms requested requested Member States, RECs and RFBs to mainstream climate change in fisheries policies, development and management programmes.
We seek for candidates to identify policy intervention entry points to strengthen the capacity of fisheries communities for adaptation to climate change.Tasks
- Conduct desk review to identify drivers of climate changes, including compiling and documenting the effects of CC on fisheries and aquaculture
- Assessment of climate change adaptation and coping strategies,
- Establish existing knowledge and perception, institutions and practices of fishing communities of relevance to climate-change preparedness
- Document best practices and lessons on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in fisheries and aquaculture
- Propose strategic areas of intervention as entry points to strengthen the capacity t of fishing communities, highlighting role of various stakeholders ie states and non-states actors
The candidate must have an advanced university degree in climate change studies, fisheries management and aquaculture, biological sciences or related disciplines.
The successful candidate should have:
- at least five years’ proven working experience in fisheries management and aquaculture development , research or extension in Africa
- at least three years’ experience on climate change issues in fisheries and aquaculture in Africa
- sound knowledge in policy and strategy formulation for climate change mitigation and adaptation or other disaster risk management
- evidence of good writing skills and clarity of presentation of findings
Application and deadline