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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. LMMA Network personnel attended the event, giving presentations and hosting a parallel “tok story” session on “Community-centered management and policy: lessons learned.”

In the Laucala Declaration on Conservation in Oceania, the final key outcome document adopted at the conference, article 29 states: “Communities are calling for a greater role in conservation and development of the finite resources that are fundamental to their livelihoods and heritage. Community-driven approaches, and the use of social networks, are becoming a proven tool, as supported by experiences in the Locally Manage Marine Areas Network, and are fundamental to improving both marine and land-based ecosystem management, as well as reducing the risk of natural hazards and enhancing adaptation to climate change and other threats. More support is needed to improve ‘community at heart’ initiatives and expand them to all our communities.”

Full Declaration available here:…