MULTITIP: A full-cycle, multi-methods approach to the Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery
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, a backbone of local livelihoods in the Lake Victoria (LV) region. 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. MultiTip approach puts us in a position to present high internal and external validity of the project results to derive policy recommendations and ensure that stakeholders are involved in all relevant stages of the project.
The MultiTip team
left: The MultiTip project team during the project launch and planning meeting held at Heidelberg University, and right: the MultiTip project team with stakeholders from Lake Victoria, during the stakeholders workshop at the LVFO secretariat in Jinja, Uganda.