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Training Women on Principles of Marine Protected Area Management

Training Women on Principles of Marine Protected Area Management

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The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) held a leadership training for women leaders in Dili, Timor-Leste, on 3 to 5 November 2014.

CTI-CFF Women Leaders Forum Training Participants in Dili, Timor Leste.

CTI-CFF Women Leaders Forum Training Participants in Dili, Timor Leste.

The training, “Basic Training on Principles of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Management,” was specifically customized for women leaders from the community, non-government organizations as well as government officers at the national level. It is one of the activities of the CTI-CFF Women Leaders’ Forum, a peer-learning network for women who are playing key leadership roles and leading programs and projects that promote marine and coastal resource management.

The activity focused on strengthening the capacity of women leaders from the community, non-government organizations, and government in Timor-Leste, so that they can take a more active role in preserving and sustaining the country’s unique marine and coastal resources. It also aims to highlight the role of women leaders in protecting and sustaining the Coral Triangle, which Timor-Leste is part of.

WLF-Training_PhotoSesion-with-DGThe training is being organized in collaboration with the Ministry Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), USAID, US Department of Interior, the Coral Triangle Center and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is being held in conjunction with CTI-CFF 10th Senior Officials Meeting, which will be held in Dili on November 5-7, 2014.

The participants include women community leaders from Com, Lore and Atauro, Los Palos in the Nino Konis National Park, women leaders from Batugede, Atauro and representatives local non-government organizations based in Dili such as Haburas Foundation and Alola Foundation. Representatives from MAF and GIZ also attended the activity. The event was jointly facilitated by the MAF and CTC.

WLF-Training_with-RMendesThe following outcomes were expected from the training:

• Improved understanding of the Basic Principles of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Management among women leaders in Timor-Leste

• Establishment of CTI-CFF Women Leaders’ network in in Timor Leste

• Development of a the CTI-CFF Women Leaders’ Forum Road Map of Activities for Timor-Leste.

(Story and photos courtesy of Coral Triangle Center)

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