“Marine conservation efforts can fail when local fishers lack incentives for embracing them. By prioritising the needs of coastal communities, we stand a chance of mobilising the hundreds of millions of people who work in and around fishing worldwide to support conservation, rather than see it as a threat.”
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an article, written by Blue Ventures’ Research & Learning Manager Steve Rocliffe, that focuses on the effectiveness of marine conservation models that put communities first.
Marine Conservation 2.0 tells the story of the Vezo people of Southwest Madagascar and their community-centred fisheries management model, introduced with support from Blue Ventures, that both improved their livelihoods and conserved valuable marine resources for the future.
“This simple, replicable, grassroots model is at the heart of BV’s mission. By anchoring efforts in meaningful economic incentives, it engages rather than alienates coastal communities, catalysing the development of more ambitious, durable marine conservation initiatives. It builds trust and engagement at the local level, and underpins other work in aquaculture, community health, and coastal carbon markets.”
Read the full article here: Marine Conservation 2.0
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