Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) are areas of ocean managed by coastal communities to help protect fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity. LMMAs encompass diverse approaches to management and governance, and their sizes and contexts vary wildly, but all share the common theme of placing local communities at the heart of management.
This toolkit, available in both English and French, provides practical guidance in setting up and maintaining Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). The Resource Kit is aimed primarily at technical partners that assist communities with implementation, but is also designed to be accessible by community members trained in LMMA implementation. With a focus on Madagascar, practical experience and case studies from the field are used to present user-friendly ‘How to’ guidance at each stage of LMMA creation.
To download a copy of the free toolkit, please fill in the following details. The information you provide will help us understand how it is being used and by whom, in order to shape its further development and allow us to send you updates.
We have found Open Data Kit to be a useful piece of open source software for collecting data in our field sites without much prior technical knowledge. Much of this is available on the ODK website but as non-developers we have spent time working through some of the technical language, testing out different data collection methods and compiling our lessons and advice for using this in a remote, community based data collection setting, to produce a simple easy to follow step-by-step guide to setting up ODK monitoring.
Although ODK is freely available we have worked hard to capture our lessons and experiences using ODK in remote settings with community based monitors. For this reason we ask that you acknowledge use of our guide in any publications or publicly available material resulting from its use.
This toolkit outlines how qualitative data can be collected and analysed to answer a range of questions. Qualitative data tells us about how our projects have impacted on people and communities. It can give background to the numbers (quantitative data) we collect, or can be used by itself to find out about the changes happening in people’s lives. Essentially, qualitative approaches can provide a deeper understanding of how individuals and communities have interacted with and been impacted by Blue Ventures’ projects. Understanding these perspectives can provide valuable learning for future activities.
Interactive training sessions and follow up technical support delivered by our experienced LMMA / PHE specialists bring the content of our toolkits to life and enable our partners to develop the competencies needed to apply these models. This package ensures a deep technical understanding of our models and adequate monitoring & evaluation of impacts.
We offer to guide our partners through every step of their LMMA / PHE journey, facilitating reflection on appropriate organisational values to underpin implementation and acting as a sounding board as they seek to adapt these models in the regions where they work. We strongly encourage their aspirations to champion these models by supporting them to play a leading role in national or regional learning networks.
We can facilitate visits to our field sites in Madagascar for NGO staff and/or local community members including fishers. Our carefully designed itineraries are tailored to meet the individual needs of our partners and may take in a variety of our programmes from fisheries management to aquaculture, blue carbon and community health in line with our holistic approach to conservation. Emphasis is placed on practical learning and mutual sharing of experiences.