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Risk Management

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 1–22 | Cite as

Perceptions of climate-related risks and awareness of climate change of fish cage farmers in northern Thailand

  • Phimphakan Lebel
  • Niwooti Whangchai
  • Chanagun Chitmanat
  • Jongkon Promya
  • Louis Lebel
Original Article

Abstract

How climate risks are understood and perceived by farmers is important because it can influence their management practices. Farmers in Northern Thailand who rear fish in floating cages in rivers can cope with modest fluctuations in water levels, but appear vulnerable to more extreme changes in flow. This study used in-depth interviews and a quantitative survey across many sites to explore how fish farmers perceive climate-related risks and understand climate change. Important climate-related risks – such as floods and droughts – vary by season, year and location, and are modified by water infrastructure. Recent experience of negative impacts increases levels of concern about risks. Risks from droughts were perceived to have significantly worsened. The overall level of awareness of climate change among fish farmers is high, suggesting that future work should focus on building on from how farmers manage risks under the current climate, to then take into account climate change. This study shows that a good understanding of risk perception is likely to be important in improving climate risk management, and thus adaptation to climate change.

Keywords

risk perception climate change awareness aquaculture 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, as a contribution to the AQUADAPT project. Thanks to the many field assistants, students, officials and farmers who helped with the surveys.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phimphakan Lebel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Niwooti Whangchai
    • 1
  • Chanagun Chitmanat
    • 1
  • Jongkon Promya
    • 1
  • Louis Lebel
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo UniversityChiang Mai 50290Thailand
  2. 2.Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand

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