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Madagascar’s MIHARI Network begins its journey to legal independence

Madagascar’s MIHARI Network begins its journey to legal independence

MIHARI, the network of Madagascar’s locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), has announced it is undertaking the final steps in formally establishing its legal independence. This is a crucial step towards autonomy, allowing the network to further it’s representative power as the voice of coastal communities nationally.  

The network’s process to establish its new status is a seismic step forward in community-led conservation in Madagascar, a powerful demonstration of the successes of a community-based model of collective working for marine protection in the Western Indian Ocean region. 

MIHARI has worked tirelessly over the last eight years to establish solid foundations for the legal recognition of LMMAs in the country, allowing its members to advance their efforts to advocate for their rights for marine management. This final move towards legal independence, will allow MIHARI to progress their advocacy aims. An autonomous network is a strong symbol of the coastal communities themselves taking charge of their rights, which was one of the founding aims of the network when it was established.

MIHARI is an acronym for MItantana HArena and Ranomasina avy eny Ifotony, which translates to ‘marine resources management at the local level’. The network brings together associations led by small-scale fishers and was incubated by Blue Ventures – a founding member of the network. Since its inception in 2015, MIHARI has grown to now encompass more than 219 fishing communities, over 80 LMMAs and has 25 supporting NGO partners.

Blue Ventures is thrilled to have played a part in providing technical support to the network so far and we look forward to transitioning to a new partnership relationship with MIHARI and supporting its efforts to promote policy reform to protect the rights of small-scale fishers and to strengthen the status of LMMAs in Madagascar. 

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