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The power of sustainable fisheries management in the Pacific

 23 May 2024
The power of sustainable fisheries management in the Pacific
Baptiste Jaugeon

This month, the regional Workshop on hashtag#Scalingup Community based fisheries management CBFM in the Pacific, organized by the Pacific Community-SPC in Nadi, Fiji, brought stakeholders together to address this critical issue. For Kiwa MiCOAST, this was an opportunity to align with regional policies and contribute to sustainable fisheries management.

Despite efforts by governments, NGOs, and communities, coastal resources in the Pacific continue to decline under increasing pressures. However, a bold strategy aims to reach all Pacific communities to establish sustainable community management systems. While implementation varies by country, key components include strategic communication, policies empowering communities, and effective monitoring systems.

In Micronesia, the Kiwa MiCOAST project, in collaboration with key partners - OneReef Micronesia, Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization KCSO, Conservation Society of Pohnpei CSP, Marshall Islands Conservation Society MICS, Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority NFMRA, Cchange, and RARE - seeks to empower local communities drive and play a stronger role in of coastal fisheries management.

Interactions during this meeting have facilitated closer connections with other projects and identified concrete strategies to significantly improve fisheries management in Micronesia. Moreover, it provided a platform to represent and amplify local community concerns at the Pacific level.

➡️To learn more about the Kiwa MiCOAST project, visit our website: https://urlz.fr/okpB

➡️For additional information on the workshop, visit Echoes of Oceania: https://urlz.fr/qLL2

📷 Photo captions:
From left to right: Andy George (KCSO), Zelnick Moses (U municipality, Pohnpei), Dua Rudolph (MICS), Wayne Andrew (OneReef), Eugene Joseph (CSP), Mike Guilbeaux (OneReef), Being Yeeting (NFMRA) and Raynard Warren (Sokeh municipality, Pohnpei).

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