The Locally Managed Marine Area Network
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Pacific Islands countries have led the field in demonstrating that the mobilization and empowerment of local communities and stakeholders can make an enormous difference to improving the sustainable management of land and sea resources. This has direct implications for management as well as sustainable development. The LMMA Network proposes to be recognised as a partner to provide SIDS with proven sustainable development approaches and investments tailored to the realities of small islands with greater impact to livelihoods of our people. LMMAs are now an approach adopted in most of the Pacific SIDs countries and thus require a more formal recognition and partnership.

Implementation methodologies

LMMA networks in the Pacific Island Countries, Indian Ocean and Caribbean to be convened as an advisory body to SIDs on the role of local communities in natural resource management and ensuring the voice of communities, often the key stakeholders and implementers, are heard and that they strategically contribute to SIDs decisions.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The LMMAs and LMMA networks in SIDS countries will develop a capacity building and technology transfer framework, building on experience, on-the-ground partnerships, and lessons learned over decade-plus of work.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

SIDS and LMMA partnership to be guided by a simple social contract or “our promises to each other that focuses on supporting locally managed♠initiatives under SIDS.


University of South Pacific, Fiji LMMA Network, Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji, PNG Center for Locally Managed Areas, Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Association of Palau Conservation Officers, Hatohobei Organization for People and Environment, Solomon Islands LMMA Network, Indonesia LMMA Network, Philippines LMMA Network, Center for Empowerment and Rural Development, Center for the Development of Indigenous Science and Technology
1. SIDS LMMA Strategy and Resource Mobilisation Plan
2. Lessons learned and policy papers
3. SIDS LMMA bright spots case studies
4. SIDS LMMA status report
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
In-kind Contribution from LMMAs
Financing (in USD)
Financing (in USD)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: December 2020
Contact information/focal point(s)
Hugh Govan / Etika Rupeni, hgovan@gmail.com etika.rupeni@iucn.org

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