Blue Ventures is joining forces with conservation leadership specialists, Maliasili, to create a new movement for conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.
The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme brings together a new generation of marine conservation leaders from the Comoros, Kenya and Tanzania, strengthening their skills, confidence and effectiveness to build the capacity of the local, national and regional organisations that they run.
The Western Indian Ocean region has exceptional marine diversity and is home to millions of people who rely on the ocean for both food security and income-generation. Engaging these communities in conservation efforts is key to tackling the environmental challenges of climate change and rebuilding coastal fisheries, whilst also bolstering the socioeconomic resilience of the people who depend on them.
The community-based organisations led by the African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme’s participants are working on the frontline of these interconnected issues, and will use the new programme as a peer support network and launch pad to boost their capabilities and amplify their impact.
The programme will respond to the challenges that COVID-19 has created with a tailored programme of virtual, self paced learning and one to one and peer coaching sessions designed to meet participating organisations’ needs.
The first cohort includes 17 influential leaders from eight of the region’s leading national and local marine conservation organisations, namely COMRED (Coastal and Marine Resources Development), Dahari, Kwetu Training Center for Sustainable Development, Local Ocean Conservation, , Mwambao, Northern Rangelands Trust, Safari Doctors, and Sea Sense.
For the new initiative, Blue Ventures is thrilled to be joining forces with conservation leadership experts, Maliasili, who have been helping conservation organisations in Africa to increase their effectiveness to deliver impactful conservation for nearly a decade.
Both organisations are committed to strengthening local and national leadership in conservation by increasing local leadership, creating an empowered, resilient and locally led conservation movement that delivers benefits to people and nature.
The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme embodies this commitment, investing in community-based African organisations to build a movement of talented leaders to inspire change and create long-term impact for the ocean and the people who depend on it to survive.
Read an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review to learn how Blue Ventures’ approach to strengthening civil society is unlocking conservation change.
Find a Mongabay article discussing how holistic approaches to conservation that put coastal communities first can bolster the resilience of coastal populations.
Photo: Octopus fishers in Tanzania | Mwambao