Awareness, perceptions and adaptation strategies of women in urban fishing village in a climate change environment - a case study in Versova, Mumbai
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This study addressed the awareness, perceptions and adaptation strategies undertaken to cope up with the impact of climateÂ change, by the women in Versova urban fishing village, Mumbai in Maharashtra State. Data collection was carried out withÂ the help of a semi-structured interview schedule, from 90 respondents randomly selected from the village. Respondents wereÂ from three different groups belonging to fish marketing, casual labourers and homemakers in fishing households. In VersovaÂ fisher families, most of the family members are engaged solely in fisheries related activities and they were able to have aÂ feel of the impact of climate change through various sources like mass media. Loss of shelter and declining income fromÂ fisheries complemented by unseasonal heat, decrease in rainfall, decline in fish catch and increase in price of fish for lastÂ 5 years were the most important impacts of climate change as perceived by them. All respondents reported lack of alternativeÂ livelihood opportunities. The findings of the study could help to develop appropriate strategies and policies to mitigate theÂ impact of climate change to make fisheries more viable and sustainable for both fishers and fishing communities.