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Special Issue "Climate Change Impacts on Inland Fisheries"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Papa Sow

Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Walter flex Strasse 3, D-53113 Bonn Germany
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Interests: Environmental history, inland fisheries, migrations, refugees, survival strategies, West Africa, Ecostate, Governance, transformability, Local Ecological Knowledge, socio-ecological changes, fish market, coping and adaptive capacity, Climate change.
Guest Editor
Dr. Gilbert Fokou

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifique en Côte d´Ivoire, Adiopodoumé au KM 17, Route de Dabou 01 BP 1303 Abidjan 01, Ivory Coast
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Interests: institutions for common property resources management (pastures and fisheries), dynamics of pastoral production systems and cross-border mobility, environmental conflicts, people and protected areas, institutions and mechanisms regulating the access of smallholder communities to natural resources and basic social services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Continuous over-fishing has caused a decline in fish stocks worldwide and has led to conflicts over the still existing scarce resources (Bavinck, Maarten, Lorenzo Pelligrini and Eric Mostert, 2014). Studies claim that the decline of fish stocks is increasing and that urgent action is needed (Akyeampong, 2007; OECD, 2008). Most research predicts that the impacts of climate change on fish catches will generate negative outcomes for the livelihoods of fishermen (although these studies often focus on marine fisheries and coastal erosion) (Binet et al, 2012). Comparatively little is known about the conditions of artisanal inland fisheries in Africa with regard to climate change and current adaptation outcomes. Inland fisheries refer to riverine and lacustrine wetlands in dry lands, including natural water courses and man-made reservoirs, such as reservoirs and floodplains. They also include fish farming. The Special Issue will assemble empirical case studies from Africa that link climate change adaptation policies, the impact of large dam projects and agricultural expansion, transregional migration, and the livelihood of fishermen, across different scales.

Key concepts:

Contributions in the following directions are welcomed:

1. Local institutional contexts for governance of fish products in inland fisheries
2. Inland fisheries, changes in the ecosystem, and transformability
3. Networks of inland migrant fishers, fish markets, and seasonal fluctuations
4. Uses of LEK – Local Ecological Knowledge – and TEK – Traditional Ecological Knowledge as coping strategies or adaptation in inland fisheries
5. Small scale inland fisheries and the problem of fit
6. Vulnerable inland fishers, disturbance, and brokerage in transition networks
7. Dynamics of socio-ecological changes in inland fisheries
8. Impacts of Ecostate and policy diversity in inland fisheries

All other topics related to Climate change and inland fisheries are welcomed and can range from comparisons between multi-sited contexts to those concerning complex spaces/territories. Comparisons between sea and inland fisheries are also encouraged if they account for adaptive capacity, transformability, conflicts and changes, and shifts in the distribution/consumption and productivities of fisheries.

Dr. Papa Sow
Dr. Gilbert Fokou
Guest Editors


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • climate change adaptation
  • wetlands
  • trans-regional migrations
  • livelihood
  • inland fisheries
  • Africa

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Open AccessArticle Bialaba Migrants from the Northern of Benin to Nigeria, in Search of Productive Land—Insights for Living with Climate Change
Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 3175-3203; doi:10.3390/su7033175
Received: 27 November 2014 / Revised: 25 February 2015 / Accepted: 26 February 2015 / Published: 17 March 2015
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The concept of Environmental Migration has been broadly discussed by the international scientific community. Especially developing countries will have to develop strategies to cope with a rising number of people migrating at national and international levels due to climatic changes and environmental [...] Read more.
The concept of Environmental Migration has been broadly discussed by the international scientific community. Especially developing countries will have to develop strategies to cope with a rising number of people migrating at national and international levels due to climatic changes and environmental degradation. This paper will critically analyze the term Environmental Migration and sets it in relation to a case study conducted in northwest Benin in August/October of 2013 with Bialaba, analyzing their temporary migration pattern to Nigeria. The aim is to reveal current discussions on the term “Environmental Migration”/“Environmental Migrant” and to discuss its conceptual limits. The qualitative study in this working paper was conducted in the form of 36 interviews with farmers in the Dassari watershed North of Benin and surrounding villages as well as with stakeholders of the local government and NGOs active in the research area. Research results are presented in the following paper to clarify migration motives for the Bialaba of northwest Benin towards Nigeria aiming to stimulate discussions on the topic and to promote new research pathways. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Impacts on Inland Fisheries)

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