Economic vulnerability of small-scale coastal households to extreme weather events in Southern India

Sreya, P S and Chitra, Parayil and Aswathy, N and Bonny, Binoop P and Aiswarya, T P and Nameer, P O (2021) Economic vulnerability of small-scale coastal households to extreme weather events in Southern India. Marine Policy, 131. pp. 1-11.

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    Various vulnerability assessment studies have revealed the effect of climate change and related extreme weather events on the small-scale fisheries households of coastal regions. However, hardly any study assesses the eco-nomic vulnerability of the poorest coastal households to extreme climatic events. The present study attempts to fill this gap by examining the economic vulnerability of deprived coastal households through a vulnerability assessment framework developed based on the IPCC approved strategy. A gender dimension is also brought to this study by assessing the households based on the household headship. A total of 120 male headed households and 30 female headed households from two coastal taluks of Thrissur district in Kerala, the Southwestern state of India, was selected for analysis. Female headed households emerged to be the most vulnerable group in all the three aspects considered – exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. The study put forward suggestions to reduce the risks and improve the economic characteristics of poorest sections of the coastal households through women empowerment and policy intervention.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Coastal households; Small scale fisheries; Extreme weather events; Gender; Climate change; Economic vulnerability
    Subjects: Socio Economics and Extension
    Marine Environment > Climate change
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fisheries Economics
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 05:36
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 05:36

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