Storymap: Inland fisheries’ role in resilient livelihoods

The contribution of inland fisheries to resilient livelihoods, those which are buffered against difficult situations, is multifaceted and difficult to evaluate. Inland fisheries in Low-Income Food-Deficit countries are often part of a diversified livelihood strategy, exacerbating the tendency for them to be overlooked and undervalued. The challenge is in available data to highlight this role – not because it the contributions are minor but rather because they are not easily quantifiable. Even households that actively engage in fishing often do not report it as an occupation. This Story Map, through a series of case studies from around the globe, contributes to the available evidence to support the importance of inland fisheries in preventing increased poverty and, in some cases, alleviating poverty.  It is a companion piece to the 2017 Global Environmental Change article entitled “Inland fisheries – invisible but integral to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for ending poverty by 2030.”

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