Written by Marie Fischborn, IUCN, Blue Solutions initiative
Coastal communities have a key role to play in ensuring the conservation of fish stocks and other marine resources, while relying on their sustainable use. Around the world, a vast variety of area-based conservation with strong community engagement exists. Examples are locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs), shared MPA governance and many other setups.
A new publication developed by IUCN as part of the PANORAMA initiative introduces twenty concrete success stories – ‘solutions’ – from 14 countries, contributed by a variety of organizations. All solutions have been published as detailed case studies on the PANORAMA — Solutions for a Healthy Planet web platform. The publication places these examples in the context of the current debate on protected and conserved area diversity and “other effective area-based conservation measures”.
These solutions intend to inspire policy and decision makers, project developers, community leaders and their partners. In addition, they support a better understanding of the diversity and success factors of community-led marine conservation.