LEAP - Locally Empowered Areal Protection in the Western Indian Ocean - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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LEAP - Locally Empowered Areal Protection in the Western Indian Ocean

As of: February 2020

Objective and activities

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region lacks coherent systems of governance to support more diverse management of marine and coastal resources. As a result, local-level benefits from conservation are less effectively maximised, as resource users rarely play an equitable role in decision-making on the management of the resources. This project, implemented in Mozambique, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania, builds on existing experiences and knowledge to enhance socio-ecological resilience and biodiversity conservation by strengthening governance and management of marine and coastal resources. The project will engage at multiple levels in order to: i) Deliver tangible benefits through direct action at the local level ; ii) Strengthen the enabling institutional environment through policy influencing, advocacy, awareness and capacity building at national levels, and iii) promote regional collaboration and cross-sharing of knowledge to enhance uptake across multiple countries in the WIO region.

State of implementation/results

Project goals:
  • By 2022, the effective management of coastal, island and marine biodiversity and ecosystem services in Mozambique, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania is improved through adoption of locally relevant protected or conservation area governance frameworks by national governments and non state actors.
  • By June 2022, Mozambique, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania have revised, adapted or adopted national protected and conserved area governance policy frameworks that better promote effective participation of local and non state actors in the conservation and management of coastal, island and marine biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • By June 2022, at least 7 protected or conserved areas (90km²) in Mozambique and Seychelles demonstrate improved planning and management effectiveness.
  • LMMA (Locally Managed Marine Areas) process will feed into platforms such as: - World database of protected areas: www.protectedplanet.net - Gold standard for protection status: www.iucn.org/…
  • By June 2022, seven target protected or conserved areas ( 90km²) across Mozambique and Seychelles demonstrate 30% improvement of conservation outcomes (i.e. increase in coral cover, livelihoods diversity, fish stock stability etc.).
  • establiment of 6 (min. 10 km²) protected and managed LMMAs in Mosambique and 1 (mind. 30 km²) protected and managed LMMA in Seychelles.
  • Capacity builiding and public outreach in the four implementing countries in Mozambique, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • National policy and regulatory frameworks are strengthened in all four countries.
  • Strive for Co-management approach that LMMA can be established in MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) to strengthen management of protected areas and rech Aichi Target 11.

Project data

Kenya, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania

Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

Partner institution(s):
  • " Institute for the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (IDEPA) Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters, and Fisheries "," Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change - Seychelles"," Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Fisheries - Tanzania", National Environment Management Authority (NEMA-KENYA) - Kenya," State Department for Fisheries and Blue Economy, Kenya Fisheries Service"," State House, Office of the Vice President - Department of The Blue Economy"
  • CORDIO East Africa,Nature Seychelles,Rare

BMU grant:
4.124.185,00 €

04/2019  till  03/2023

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