Welcome to the official website for the AQUADAPT project.
The AQUADAPT project is concerned with how the aquaculture sector could adapt to climate change. Phase I of the project ran from July 2012 to December 2016; Phase II will run from May 2017 to December 2020. Both projects are led by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) at Chiang Mai University.
The AQUADAPT Phase I project is concerned with how the aquaculture sector could adapt to climate change. The empirical focus is on Tilapia grown in farm ponds or floating cages in rivers and reservoirs in Northern Thailand. The project ran from July 2012 to December 2016. It was led by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) at Chiang Mai University, with major contributions from students and senior researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Economics at Chiang Mai University, and the Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources at Maejo University. Other individual team members were based at the Stockholm Environment Institute (Asia Center), and the Department of Fisheries.
Extreme weather already has a significant impact on aquaculture production. Phase II (or AQUADAPT-Mekong) project aims to assist fish farmers in five Mekong countries better manage climate-related risks, and thus capacities to adapt to climate change, through jointly evaluating and supporting the development or uptake of promising innovations. Innovations are novel practices or new applications of knowledge. While usually they are thought of as technologies, such as a pond aerator powered by wind, for example, they may also be institutions, as in weather index-based insurance, or information-communication systems. In this project, innovation facilitators will work closely with farmers throughout the project to develop solutions to climate risk management challenges that are appropriate to local conditions and fish culture systems. This will involve deliberative communication with relevant stakeholders, undertaking interdisciplinary research, and coordinating efforts by solution teams to overcome performance limitations and barriers to adoption. The expected outcome is that fish farmers are better able to manage climate-related risks and adapt to climate change.
The aquaculture sector faces a variety of deadly fish diseases which vary with season and weather conditions. Fortunately, there exists relatively easy solutions that farmers can adopt in order to reduce risk of mass mortality events, as told in this short clip produced by the AQUADAPT project.
Aquaculture experts and officials from governments in the Mekong Region participated in a proposal development workshop for a new project on climate change adaptation in the aquaculture sector.