Conservation works best when it responds to local needs, built on a foundation of rigorous science and traditional ecological knowledge. We are committed to providing opportunities for coastal communities to share their experiences and perspectives of managing their marine resources.
From organising village exchanges to building national and regional networks of community leaders, we have over a decade of experience facilitating connections between coastal communities, to enable fishermen and women to learn from one another.
Over the last decade, our model for temporary octopus fishery closures has spread along thousands of kilometres of Madagascar’s remote western coastline, starting with a single village in 2004 and scaling up to more than 200 closures held by 50 communities to date.
This model has since been adopted by the neighbouring Mauritian island of Rodrigues, and applied to other fisheries including mangrove crabs and lobsters in the north and southeast of Madagascar.
Exchanges trips and peer-to-peer learning have been key to facilitating the viral uptake of this sustainable management approach. We are now working with partners in Mozambique, Tanzania and Mayotte to help new communities replicate this approach and build on our experiences to date.
Locally managed marine areas
Locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) are evolving as an exciting new approach to community-based coastal resource management in Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean, with 62 LMMAs in the region today compared to just 5 in 2005.
Over the last 7 years, 36 LMMAs have been established along Madagascar’s northern, western and southern coasts. Taken together, these initiatives presently cover 11.4% of the seabed: 10,929km2.