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Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin

Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has released the latest issue of the SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin #37 with two relevant publications from the Malaita CTI-ADB project.

spc-bulletinThis issue contains four contributions, all of which concern Melanesia.

• The first article is “Spreading community-based resource management: Testing the ‘lite-touch’ approach in Solomon Islands”, prepared by Grace Orirana and five co-authors. In this article, the authors desribe a “lite-touch” approach that was successfully used to support the Mararo community in east Are’are on the weather coast of Malaita, in implementing community-based resource management (CBRM), and to serve as an example for leading neighbouring communities. The approach helped build community ownership and pride of its own CBRM program.

• The second article is “Management over ownership: Modern community cooperation in Langalanga Lagoon, Solomon Islands” by Meshah Sukulu and seven co-authors. In this article, the authors desrcibe a cooperative process among six communities in Langalanga Lagoon to examine how collective efforts for management can evolve where natural resources are degraded and highly contested, and both traditional and centralised mechanisms to control use have been either weakened or are missing.

• The third article also examines an aspect of fisheries management in Vanuatu. “What influences the form that community-based fisheries management takes on Vanuatu?”, by Rolenas Baerelo Tavue and four co-authors, examines the last 25 years of Vanuatu’s efforts to manage coastal fisheries by demonstrating how the experiences and lessons during that quarter of a century have shaped the CBRM model used at present. The article describes how activities and management measures are designed with communities, how arrangements are recorded in management plans, and the formal links made with the national government through nominated wardens and monitoring activities.

• The fourth article, “Sustaining appropriate community-based coastal resources management: Experiences and lessons from Vanuatu” is by Graham Nimoho and three co-authors. This article is based on the results on the “Project for Promotion of Grace of the Sea in the Coastal Villages of Vanuatu (Phase II)”, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project sought to establish community-based coastal resources management (CBCRM) and simultaneously to improve community livelihoods to ensure its sustainment.

A digital copy of this publication can be downloaded from the SPC website.

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