What is a LMMA?
In countries such as Fiji and Madagascar, LMMAs have proven to be a cost-effective, scalable and socially acceptable solution to the challenge of managing marine resources. They have also shown promise as a means to improve food security, combat poverty and help coastal communities to adapt to climate change.
How are LMMAs governed?
What management tools do LMMAs use?
- Temporary fishery closures
- Permanent marine reserves
- Fishing gear restrictions – e.g. bans on beach seine nets
- Alternative livelihood initiatives such as aquaculture
- Mangrove forest restoration and management
What is MIHARI?
What are the priorities of MIHARI?
- Facilitate networking and learning exchanges between LMMA associations
- Pursue relevant opportunities to build community capacity and local leadership
- Make the voices of fishers heard by policy makers
- Engage closely with the Government of Madagascar to ensure a strong and supportive legal framework for local marine management
- Develop simple systems for tracking and monitoring progress of LMMAs across Madagascar
- Explore options for securing the financial sustainability of LMMAs and the MIHARI network
- Communicate the impact of LMMAs in Madagascar to key stakeholders
- Share learning with LMMA movements in other countries
How is the MIHARI network funded?
* The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project is executed by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, with financing from the GEF, implementation support by UNEP and technical support from the CMS Dugong MoU Secretariat.