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dc.contributor.authorKoomson, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorDavies-Vollum, K. Siân
dc.contributor.authorRaha, Debadayita
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-19T10:11:47Z
dc.date.available2020-08-19T10:11:47Z
dc.date.issued2020-07-27
dc.identifier.citationKoomson, D., Davies-Vollum, K. and Raha, D., (2020). 'Characterising the vulnerability of fishing households to climate and environmental change: Insights from Ghana'. Marine Policy, 120, pp. 1-9.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0308-597X
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104142
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625096
dc.description.abstractRural coastal communities in the global south are mostly natural resource-dependent and their livelihoods are therefore vulnerable to the impacts of climate and environmental changes. Efforts to improve their adaptive capacity often prove mal-adaptive due to misunderstanding the dynamics of the unique socioeconomic factors that shape their vulnerability. By integrating theories from climate change vulnerability and the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach, this study draws upon household survey data from a fishing community in Ghana to assess the vulnerability of fishing households to climate change and explore how their vulnerability is differentiated within the community. The findings suggest that household incomes in the last decade have reduced significantly, attributable to an interaction of both climatic and non-climatic factors. Analysis of the characteristics of three vulnerability groups derived by quantile clustering showed that the most vulnerable household group is not necessarily women or poorer households as expected. Rather, it is dynamic and includes all gender and economic class categories in varying proportions depending on the success or failure of the fishing season. The findings suggest furthermore that the factors that significantly differentiates vulnerability between households differ, depending on whether households are categorised by economic class, gender of household-head or vulnerability group. Consequently, the study highlights the importance of looking beyond existing social categorizations like gender and economic classes when identifying and prioritizing households for climate change adaptive capacity building.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipInternal REF PhD studentshipen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElseiveren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X19308590#!en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectGhana; Fishing; Vulnerability; Adaptive capacity; Climate changeen_US
dc.titleCharacterising the vulnerability of fishing households to climate and environmental change: Insights from Ghanaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalMarine Policyen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-07-19
dc.author.detail784572en_US


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