LEAP - Locally Empowered Areal Protection in the Western Indian Ocean
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
Marine protected areas account for only 2.1% of the Western Indian Ocean. The Aichi 2020 targets and SDG 14, however, provide for a coverage of 10%. The project therefore seeks to improve the Locally Managed Marine Areas concept (LMMA) in order to further disseminate it as a successful model for protected areas and to achieve the Aichi targets. To this end, the project integrates the topic of climate resilience into the LMMA concept. It also carries out restoration measures of critical ecosystems with the support of local communities. This increases the positive effects of LMMAs on biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change impacts. LMMAs share knowledge of proven measures with one another and strengthen advocacy through a regional network. The integration of the LMMA approach into national, regional and international policies, will establish it as one of the main models for coastal and marine protection and for ecosystem-based adaptation.
State of implementation/results
- The project was officially launched on the 16th of September 2019, in Seychelles with the presence of government officials, as well as Chairpersons and CEOs from the private sector and civil society. The project launch was covered by local media and featured in the newspapers. A National Working Group (NWG) was set up in Seychelles with members from various government departments and civil society stakeholders that will guide the project. The NWG includes Principal Secretaries of the following Departments; Blue economy, Environment, Local government, and Tourism CEOs and Chairs of Civil society stakeholders.
- In Mozambique a National level governance assessment has started. The Green List has been presented at key partners at national and provincial level. A Conservation Finance and Ecosystem Management training has been organised targeting for several key provincial stakeholders in the country. Eight Village savings and loans schemes have been established with 140 direct beneficiaries of which 105 are women. About 24,000 MZN (equivalent 420 USD) have been capitalised in just three months of the operations. Awareness raising of 200 community groups about the importance and role of mangroves; five CCPs (Community Fisheries Council - which are the governing bodies of the Locally Managed Marine Areas, or LMMAs) have been trained in mangroves Nurseries and protected species; trainings on octopus fisheries of woman groups have been delivered, promoting temporary reserves and no take zones; Ama supported each village to select some specific species for fisheries improvement activities which all five villages already have, ex. Maweya – mussel; Ngoma – rabbit fish; Murrebwe – Octopus, Mwinde – emperor fish; fisheries value chain surveys have been carried out.
- In Kenya and Tanzania initial governance workshop have been organised to start identifying how best the LEAP project can add value into ongoing processes and initiatives in respective countries. Particular emphasis has been put on how best the LEAP project can enhance synergies and collaboration between existing LMMAs as well as other sites that could also adopt an LMMA approach. The first meeting of National Advisory Committee for each of the country have also been held to guide the implementation of the project, grantee that synergies and complementarities are created. Discussion have also been held to start identifying what national level experience sharing/learning events could look like and should focus on.