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A photovoice assessment for illuminating the role of inland fisheries to livelihoods and the local challenges experienced through the lens of fishers in a climate-driven lake of Malawi

A photovoice assessment for illuminating the role of inland fisheries to livelihoods and the local challenges experienced through the lens of fishers in a climate-driven lake of Malawi
A photovoice assessment for illuminating the role of inland fisheries to livelihoods and the local challenges experienced through the lens of fishers in a climate-driven lake of Malawi
Small-scale inland capture fisheries provide an important source of nutritious food, employment and income to millions of people in developing countries, particularly in rural environments where limited alternatives exist. However, the sector is one of most under-valued fisheries sectors and is increasingly experiencing environmental change. This study adopts a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and investigates how important a fluctuating inland fishery is to livelihoods, and how local perceptions on challenges corresponds to global evidence. Through an innovative participatory method; photovoice, the lived experiences and perceptions of fishers are depicted. The findings illuminate the valuable role of the sector to food and nutrition security and the complex nexus with vulnerability to climate change. The study responds to the call for more local level assessments of the impacts of climate change on inland fisheries in data-limited environments, and the value of the sector in underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate change, Food and nutrition security, Inland small-scale fisheries, Lake Chilwa, Livelihoods, Photovoice
0044-7447
Simmance, Fiona
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Simmance, Fiona, Simmons, Alison, Kolding, Jeppe, Schreckenberg, Kate, Tompkins, Emma, Poppy, Guy and Nagoli, Joseph (2021) A photovoice assessment for illuminating the role of inland fisheries to livelihoods and the local challenges experienced through the lens of fishers in a climate-driven lake of Malawi. Ambio. (doi:10.1007/s13280-021-01583-1).

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Abstract

Small-scale inland capture fisheries provide an important source of nutritious food, employment and income to millions of people in developing countries, particularly in rural environments where limited alternatives exist. However, the sector is one of most under-valued fisheries sectors and is increasingly experiencing environmental change. This study adopts a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and investigates how important a fluctuating inland fishery is to livelihoods, and how local perceptions on challenges corresponds to global evidence. Through an innovative participatory method; photovoice, the lived experiences and perceptions of fishers are depicted. The findings illuminate the valuable role of the sector to food and nutrition security and the complex nexus with vulnerability to climate change. The study responds to the call for more local level assessments of the impacts of climate change on inland fisheries in data-limited environments, and the value of the sector in underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 May 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 June 2021
Keywords: Climate change, Food and nutrition security, Inland small-scale fisheries, Lake Chilwa, Livelihoods, Photovoice

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Local EPrints ID: 450426
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450426
ISSN: 0044-7447
PURE UUID: 059bf18f-cc53-44a8-93c7-c74bab57f1f5

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2021 16:30
Last modified: 28 Jul 2021 16:30

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Author: Fiona Simmance
Author: Alison Simmons
Author: Jeppe Kolding
Author: Kate Schreckenberg
Author: Emma Tompkins
Author: Guy Poppy
Author: Joseph Nagoli

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