Enhancing local awareness and advocacy for climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat

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Stakeholders in Anguilla and Montserrat developing their climate change communication plans

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — To enhance awareness and advocacy for climate change adaptation in the fisheries sectors of Anguilla and Montserrat, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has engaged fisherfolk, dive and tour operators and coastal and marine resource managers to build their capacity to communicate effectively about climate change.

This includes using participatory video as a tool to document their local perspectives on the impacts of climate change and priorities for adaptation.

CANARI facilitated workshops on climate change communications on November 27-29, 2018, in Montserrat and December 5-7, 2018, in Anguilla in partnership with the Fisheries and Ocean Resources Unit of Montserrat and the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Anguilla under the Darwin Plus project, climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat.

As part of the workshops, stakeholders designed climate change communications plans and identified specific communication objectives, target audiences, key messages and relevant awareness and advocacy products. They also identified and shared best practices on effective products and channels for communication and ways to evaluate success targeted to the fisheries sector.

Fisherfolk, dive and tour operators were further supported to develop participatory videos to document local perspectives on the impacts of climate change, their vulnerabilities and priorities for adaptation in the fisheries sectors of Anguilla and Montserrat.

This process involved jointly identifying a topic, drafting a story board and script and collecting video footage at various sites to produce the video. The fisherfolk, dive and tour operators also selected specific groups to target for the video, including key policy makers needed to enable changes in policy and practice in the fisheries sector.

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