Adapting Fishing Policy to Climate Change with the Aid of Scientific and Endogenous Knowledge (West Africa)

Climate change affects the fishing sector in various ways, by modifying the composition of animal and plant populations, ocean currents, and the frequency and intensity of tropical storms. Over-fishing and degradation of the coastal environment make the resource all the more vulnerable to climate change.

This project aims to improve fishing practices and policies in the face of climate change in six countries - Cap Vert, Gambia, Guinée, Guinea Bissau, Mauritanie and Sénégal. It will do so by facilitating twice-yearly meetings at three levels (sub-regional, national and local), bringing together political decision-makers, researchers, representatives of fisher associations and managers of projects and programs. The researchers will gather scientific and endogenous knowledge that will allow the participants to explore together various possible scenarios and evaluate different adaptation strategies.

The project will benefit from the experience of the Network on Fishery Policies in West Africa (REPAO), coordinated by Environment and Development Action in the Third World (ENDA-TM), which has been working on harmonizing fishing policy in the region.

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Start Date

Monday, February 18, 2008

End Date

Friday, February 17, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Beaulieu, Nathalie

Total funding

CA$ 1,192,453


Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Cheikh Gueye


Environmental Development Action in the Third World

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