Jointly funded by IDRC and the Government of Canada, AQUADAPT is a four-year partnership (2023–2027) that addresses the intertwined critical challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity through applied research in nature-based aquaculture in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
The CAD23-million fund supports developing country collaboration that aims to test, generate evidence and scale practical solutions, technologies, tools and approaches to improve small-scale aquaculture’s climate resilience, productivity and sustainability across the region.
AQUADAPT will fund a set of 10 applied, collaborative and results-oriented research projects, with a focus on Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.
Championing the value of multisector partnerships, AQUADAPT works directly with 35 institutions, including universities, civil society organizations, governments and the private sector, and engages with community leaders, scientists, aquafarmers, global experts and other stakeholders through evidence-based action.
Specifically, the initiative will drive research action on inclusive and sustainable nature-based aquaculture solutions to understand their contributions to:
- biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and climate resilience (focusing on adaptation)
- sustainable food production systems
- socially inclusive development, engaging diverse groups (e.g., women, youth, Indigenous peoples)
- generating revenue to be profitable and equitable for farmers of all genders
- reducing disease prevalence and antimicrobial resistance
AQUADAPT includes the farming of finfish, shellfish and seaweed and encompasses inland aquaculture production (including freshwater species cultivation) and marine aquaculture production, including nearshore (e.g., coastal) and offshore saltwater species cultivation.
AQUADAPT builds on a previous IDRC-funded consortium led by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University (2012–2020). That consortium examined climate change impacts on Northern Thailand's aquaculture sector and was followed by an expanded five-country project focused on climate change adaptation and innovation in Mekong Region aquaculture.