Description/achievement of initiative
The Pacific Islands countries have led the field in demonstrating that the mobilization and empowerment of local communities and stakeholders can make an enormous difference to improving the sustainable management of land and sea resources. This has direct implications for management as well as sustainable development. The LMMA Network proposes to be recognised as a partner to provide SIDS with proven sustainable development approaches and investments tailored to the realities of small islands with greater impact to livelihoods of our people. LMMAs are now an approach adopted in most of the Pacific SIDs countries and thus require a more formal recognition and partnership.
LMMA networks in the Pacific Island Countries, Indian Ocean and Caribbean to be convened as an advisory body to SIDs on the role of local communities in natural resource management and ensuring the voice of communities, often the key stakeholders and implementers, are heard and that they strategically contribute to SIDs decisions.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The LMMAs and LMMA networks in SIDS countries will develop a capacity building and technology transfer framework, building on experience, on-the-ground partnerships, and lessons learned over decade-plus of work.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
SIDS and LMMA partnership to be guided by a simple social contract or â€œour promises to each other that focuses on supporting locally managedâ™ initiatives under SIDS.
University of South Pacific, Fiji LMMA Network, Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji, PNG Center for Locally Managed Areas, Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Association of Palau Conservation Officers, Hatohobei Organization for People and Environment, Solomon Islands LMMA Network, Indonesia LMMA Network, Philippines LMMA Network, Center for Empowerment and Rural Development, Center for the Development of Indigenous Science and Technology