OUT of the 1800-plus villages in Fiji, about 420 have established locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). More village areas, however, need to become part of this initiative if their livelihoods are to be made sustainable.
The LMMA Network welcomes Brad Carte, FLMMA's new Country Coordinator, who joined the Network in late 2013. An honorary fellow at the Institute of Applied Sciences, USP, and a Lecturer in the School of Marine Studies, Brad has a PhD in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and over 20 years pharmaceutical industry experience in developing and managing large scale programs for the sustainable development of natural resources, with a special focus on the marine environment.
HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur—Snuggled behind rocky mountains and directly facing the picturesque but treacherous Pacific Ocean, the sleepy fishing town of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province offers lessons on ways to adapt to the alarming changes in the environment.
The WorldFish Center with the Solomon Islands Locally Management Marine Area (SILMMA) Network hosted a ‘Women and Fishing’ training workshop, bringing together 19 women representing various provinces.
How is the world doing at conserving marine life? One common metric is the amount of ocean that governments have designated as protected areas.
Fiji LMMA Network provides groundwork for BIOPAMA to engage new cadre of Conservation Officers in Fiji
A very exciting development and a strong step forward has been taken for community based natural resource management in Fiji with the recent decision to appoint 14 new full-time Conservation Officers who are university qualified and who will live and work in each province (yasana) across the Fiji Islands.
Building resilient communities addresses a community's capability gaps, enhances the catalyst of partnership, and builds strong communities in the face of nature challenges. As a result, 12 out of 14 coastal provinces in Fiji are recognized as part of the Fiji LMMA Network. - Semisi Meo, FLMMA Coordinator
Islands are back in vogue. It’s not that they ever disappeared but climate change in particular has brought islands to the fore of a global conversation on the way we think about human development.
Professor Bill Aalbersberg, Director of the Institute of Applied Science at the University of the South Pacific, and a co-founder of the LMMA Network, received the inaugural Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Lifetime Achievement award (PIELA) for his work in the field of community based adaptive management (CBAM) and integrated coastal management (ICM).
From December 2-6, 2013, more than 700 participants from the Pacific and around the world met in Laucala, Suva, Fiji, for the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.