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MULTITIP: A full-cycle, multi-methods approach to the Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery

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MultiTip project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung) to implement a three-year research project to investigate  the economic incentives, institutional instruments, and stakeholder's perceptions that may hinder the sustainable management of the Nile Perch fishery.  The Nile perch fishery, is predicted to be at the brink of a systemic shift, a tipping point, and crossing this tipping point would imply significant socio-economic consequences at local and regional scales.

MultiTip will provide key insights on the mechanisms through which system understanding and economic incentives affect collective action and how leveraging these mechanisms through external interventions can help to avoid a potential tipping point. The project embraces a genuinely mixed-methods approach that combines the use of secondary data, qualitative and quantitative methods with controlled experiments in order to advance a conceptual and analytical toolbox that can be applied to settings that share with LV the common features of collective action, a renewable common-pool resource, and an ecological tipping point related to resource extraction. 

The Project team is made up of  behavioral and environmental economists, cognitive and environmental psychologists, mathematical modelers, and fisheries experts, working empirically and experimentally, conducting field interventions, and integrating the results through analytical and agent-based modelling  for a better understanding of the coupled socio-ecological system of the Nile perch fishery and for averting deleterious outcomes.  The project will be operationalised through work five packages (WPs). These work packages will be accompanied by a comprehensive communication strategy that ensures effective communication management and the dissemination of the results to the relevant stakeholders and the larger public.  For more info

 

 

 

 

Our first year - An overview:

Kick-off meeting - April 2019

In April 2019 the MultiTip project was officially launched as a part of the "BioTip" research programme.

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Stakeholders workshop - July 2019

In July 2019, a regional kick-off and stakeholder workshop took place at the LVFO Secretariat in Jinja, Uganda.

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Field visits

In August 2019, the team conducted several visits to Beach Management Units (BMUs) and fish markets in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

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Scientific publication

Showing stakeholders' perceptions of the socio-economic and environmental challenges at Lake Victoria

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Launching of M-Tool

Innovative app that allows capturing people’s perceptions of complex systems (mental models) with mobile devices

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Scientific publication

Calling researchers to study differences between people in perceptions of complex environmental systems.

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Work in progress

  • Kassel team getting ready to conduct online survey to compare with data from field study in Tanzania. Are people investing more in a risky prospect when they were lucky in a prior lottery or they know that others did so? More info [...]
  • Research study: understanding the seasonal reproduction of Nile perch in a dynamic population model [...]
  • Paper in progress: first results on stakeholder’s perceptions of the drivers of the Nile Perch stock across different expert groups in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania [