MULTITIP: A full-cycle, multi-methods approach to the Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery
LEFT: Fishing Boats in the shores of Lake Victoria. RIGHT: Nile Perch Capture in LV.
The MultiTip project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung) implementing a three-year (+one-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 provides 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. These work packages are 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. Click here to view our project video