Fisheries

Grassroots LMMA Network receives prestigious award

Millions depend on the sea for basic needs and receive little support, despite clear solutions available to help them. The Fiji Locally Marine Managed Area(LMMA) Network was awarded the prestigious 2016 Distinguished Service Award for conservation achievement from the Society of Conservation Biology Oceania, in Australia. LMMA Network Council Chair Mr Alifereti Tawake said the award […]

Staff Writers

July 13, 2016 3:26 am

Millions depend on the sea for basic needs and receive little support, despite clear solutions available to help them.

The Fiji Locally Marine Managed Area(LMMA) Network was awarded the prestigious 2016 Distinguished Service Award for conservation achievement from the Society of Conservation Biology Oceania, in Australia.

Fijian Alifereti Tawake who is the FLMMA Chairperson in recognition of how our traditional communities are gaining success at conservation efforts.
FLMMA Chairperson Mr Alifereti Tawake receives in recognition of how our traditional communities are gaining success at conservation efforts. (Supplied).

LMMA Network Council Chair Mr Alifereti Tawake said the award ultimately recognises the ‘mana’ in traditional management practices and the ability of communities to contribute to the global efforts to conserve our planet.

TAWAKE: ” This award honours all the community leaders, communities and members, local partners and country networks across the region and increasingly across the world who have demonstrated the value and necessity of empowering people to manage their resources.”

Mr Tawake said the award does not mean the work is done and that millions of people depend on marine life for food around the world, many in developing nations with little alternative sources of protein and income.

TAWAKE : ” We know how to fix the problem but ultimately we are failing to support the solution. More governments and funders need to step up to support communities in managing theirresources. So we ask everyone to help raise the voice of the communities andhelp increase support for the LMMA movement.”

LMMA was awarded for it’s ‘extraordinary achievements in advancing and scaling up the practice of community-based marine resource management and conservation in Oceania’.

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