Kate Cook is co-author of the UNFAO legal guide “Building resilience to climate change and disaster risks for small-scale fisheries communities”


The publication explores the connections between fishery policies, climate change law and human rights arguing it is impossible to sustain fishers’ lives and communities without also sustaining their connections to rivers, lakes, and seas.

Fishing communities are consistently exposed to the realities of climate change and disasters and under the duties of laid down in international law including under the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework, as well as the UNFAO SSF Guidelines, Governments must take into account the communities human rights.

The publication focuses on four main issues including:

  • The links between climate change, disaster risks and human rights.
  • Practical issues in applying a human rights approach.
  • International human rights relevant to climate change and disasters.
  • Examples of responses to scenarios faced by small-scale fisheries communities

Kate Cook, Kenneth L. Rosenbaum and Florence Poulain contributed to the publication.

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