Building Resilience of artisanal fishing communities of Urban Chennai

Project location: Marina loop road, Pattinampakkam Beach, Chennai

The impact of climate change in Chennai has been seen and felt in the last couple of years. Floods, lack of rain, summer water crisis and other seasonal impacts are some of the changes the city has observed and experienced.

Impact of Climate Change in the fishing communities of Chennai

Chennai’s 24.87km long coastal line is a hub of economic and social activity with both small scale and large scale fishing communities thriving. Climate change influences along with COVID-19 restrictions have deeply impacted the community, more so the fishing women. The fishing communities of Chennai are highly dependent on natural resources. They are the most vulnerable to climate change as their livelihoods depend on the coastal line. As the Bay of Bengal gets warmer, impact on the sea water currents, atmospheric pressure, temperature, wind patterns, ocean pH has been observed. The impact of climate change is unevenly distributed amongst men and women. For example, women within the fishing community are forced to work for longer hours, look for alternative options to bring income.

This project aims to: build the capacities of Chennai’s artisanal fishing community women to better manage the impact of climate change on their livelihoods. Capacity building through awareness programmes, skill training and creating climate resilience by promoting adaptation and mitigation strategies. Towards this, a series of activities and events will be organised to empower the fishing community women.

Focus areas:
  • Sustainable fishing practices
  • Risk reduction and sea safety measures
  • Timely and early warning systems
  • WASH related activities
  • Green initiatives
  • Waste management
  • Skill development and training

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