Working with Communities - Building Effective Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Resource Management Partnerships
Responding to change: Expediting and scaling up integrated approaches for sustainable coastal resource management that improve livelihoods and food security for coastal and small scale fishing communities.
- Gaining an understanding of the community and other stakeholders will help ensure that there is broad support and effective engagement in the planning, implementation and long-term management phases of a project
- Active and meaningful participation from the community and other stakeholders in management planning and conservation decision-making is crucial to success
- Building trust and mutual respect based on transparency and accountability of roles and responsibilities is central to strong partnerships
- Embracing a strong culture of long-term commitment to a community partnership is crucial to building a successful project and developing the capacity needed to sustain conservation and resource management outcomes
- Empowering women, youth and minority groups to participate in developing community-based conservation and resource management plans can improve sharing of benefits, ensure better compliance with rules and promote harmony and sustainability
- Integrating traditional knowledge, rights and cultural management practices with science-based fisheries solutions may strengthen governance and improve acceptance of management measures.