The Locally Managed Marine Area Network - Keeping it Simple and Sustainable

The Poster features the work and impacts of the Locally-Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network. Although focused in the Pacific region, our experience and success has inspired and informed community-based conservation and resource management networks and initiatives world-wide. The Network encompasses communities, local and international NGOs, government agencies and academia, including a number of IUCN members.

The Network works to support local communities in effectively managing marine resources in areas of high bio-cultural diversity within the Indo-Pacific region. Active in seven countries and encompassing roughly 400 community-led locally managed marine areas, the Network strives to develop and promote appropriate, user-friendly approaches for resource-managing communities to address threats to resources and other biodiversity on which they depend.

A hallmark of LMMA Network is promotion of community-based adaptive management (CBAM). Intended to be simple and flexible enough for community use and diverse cultural settings, CBAM is a management cycle where local stakeholders lead the development of a management plan, implement, check on, and then revise the plan (if necessary) -- reiterating and adding appropriate steps where necessary. This process encourages the use and incorporation of traditional knowledge, local language, and cultural practices into the management planning process. Thus, customary practices are supported and reinforced, rather than being relegated as may occur within other arrangements. The Network provides support and a framework for country and regional level networking so that exchange of lessons and principles garnered from the variety of local experiences can be enhanced.
Examples are presented and discussion of key elements of the Network which promote the maintenance of bio-cultural diversity and contribute to the resiliency of sites in the face of changing climactic conditions that can significantly affect the region

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