What I Hope is a series of short videos about why people all over Fiji are putting their hearts into supporting communities improve the health of their fishing grounds and better meet their food and income needs.
The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network is a non-profit and charitable association of resource conservation NGOs, government departments, academic institutions and over 400 communities working together to promote and encourage the preservation, protection and sustainable use of marine resources in Fiji by the stewards of these marine resources.
In Fiji, this community management is coordinated by the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA), which was established in 2001 and registered under the Charitable Trust Act since 2004, and provides information and resources on LMMAs and community-based adaptive management and training in project design, monitoring, data management and analysis, fundraising, communications and more.
These coordinated efforts have resulted in 135 of Fiji’s marine iQoliqolis (customary fishing areas) being managed and having about 467 fishing reserves or protected areas covering just over 1000 km2.
FLMMA approaches can result in improved human well-being through increased capacity to manage or adapt to short and long term threats, thus supporting objectives for community resilience under the National Climate Change Policy, and protect ecosystems and vulnerable species from ridge to reef, assisting Fiji to meet its commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity.