Locally Managed Marine Areas
Date: Posted on Nov 16, 2014
Description:Coastal communities worldwide are facing challenges to their natural resources with impacts on food security, biodiversity and ecosystem health, and are vulnerable to disasters and climate change impacts.
Local marine management undertaken by communities has often achieved enduring benefits that may have eluded top-down approaches. Since the inception of the LMMA Network in 2000, local marine managed areas (LMMAs) have proliferated. Built on customary tenure and resource access, and often making use of traditional knowledge and governance, LMMAs are implemented by over 600 communities spanning more than 17 independent countries and territories, representing a unique global achievement. Scaling up of community efforts to national levels have also been recognized globally.