African fisheries and aquaculture and the people dependent on the sector – especially those already marginalized – are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change and disaster impacts.
Serious economic, social and environmental costs already occur and more are predicted and will compromise food security and livelihoods unless resilience is strengthened.
.A ctions required by African policymakers include; and these focus on (i) enhancing information, knowledge and communication systems; (ii) building adaptive capacity at the local level; (iii) improving policy coherence and coordination at the national and regional levels; (iv) strengthening the small-scale fishing and aquaculture sector; and (v) identifying funding opportunities.
The fisheries and aquaculture sector in Africa has to be given due priority at the political level, and climate change and disaster risks need to be addressed in an integrated and holistic manner.
Empowerment, partnerships and collaboration are some of the key ingredients for successful outcomes.