Peer-to-peer learning is a highly effective tool for building local capacity and confidence for fisheries management and catalysing the adoption of community-led conservation efforts. With this in mind, in June 2012, 55 community members representing 18 LMMAs throughout Madagascar came together to share their experiences at Madagascar’s first national LMMA forum.
This ground breaking meeting resulted in the creation of a national LMMA network called MIHARI, an acronym for MItantana HArena and Ranomasina avy eny Ifotony, that translates to “Marine resources management at the local level”. The cornerstone of this network is regular meetings of LMMA representatives from throughout Madagascar, providing an invaluable opportunity to share experiences, explore common issues and develop collaborative solutions face-to-face.
The MIHARI network now includes 150 communities, organised into 64 discrete management associations distributed around the coast of Madagascar.