Communities in southwestern Madagascar’s locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) have made progress to build their capacity for ecological monitoring and expansion of the marine reserves, write the ICCA Consortium – a civil society group of which both Blue Ventures and MIHARI are members. The LMMAs referred to are part of the MIHARI Network and are supported by Blue Ventures.
For two years diving teams have been collecting data in the LMMAs. Based on that data they have set up seagrass no-take zones. Now, they are beginning to see the results: fisheries are recovering, which is improving livelihoods and the local food supply.
Javier del Campo Jimenez, Blue Ventures’ Science Coordinator in Madagascar, worked with some of the first local diving teams that were to undertake monitoring in the Velondriake LMMA. He talks about this in his article Science and tradition: exchanging knowledge to drive marine conservation in Velondriake (2020).
Read the full article by ICCA Consortium: Local diving and ecological monitoring teams bring new hope for marine conservation in Madagascar