Promoting Community-Based Resilience in the Fisheries Sector
Description of Project
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to enhance community-based climate resilience among targeted fishing communities of Jamaica.
This would be achieved by investing in:
- strengthening the fisheries policy and regulatory framework including making it climate-smart,
- diversification and viable alternative livelihoods that enhance sustainable fisheries, and
- capacity building and Public Disclosure Authorized Public Disclosure Authorized Public Disclosure Authorized Public Disclosure Authorized awareness raising among the fishing and fish farming communities.
These measures would be implemented in a participatory approach with the targeted fisheries communities. While national and international best practices will inform the design and implementation of the supported activities, the use of local knowledge will be crucial to the success of the Project.
Strengthening the Fisheries Policy and Regulatory Framework (US$1 million)
An updated and strengthened policy is critical for ensuring a sustainable and climate resilient Jamaican fishing industry. This component would support updating the regulatory framework for the management of the fisheries sector, including restoration of resources in overfished areas through community based measures, and carrying out community-based monitoring, control and surveillance actions to limit illegal activities. Furthermore, Jamaica’s Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience (SPCR) notes that livelihoods in the agriculture and fisheries sector are the most vulnerable to climate related disasters, and this partially explains the chronic levels of poverty observed in fisheries communities.