Climate change and fisheries: perspectives from small-scale fishing communities in India on measures to protect life and livelihood

Climate change has been attracting growing attention for its immediate and potential impacts upon the environment and human populations. Marine and coastal ecosystems are considered to be extremely vulnerable to climate-change processes such as ocean warming and sea-level rise, which have a direct impact upon the lives and livelihoods of coastal fishing communities. This report is the outcome of a study undertaken by ICSF, which aimed to highlight the perspectives of fishing communities on the implications of climate change and variability on their lives and livelihoods, and to highlight the importance of developing and implementing adaptation and mitigation measures through consultative processes to address their poverty and food-security issues.