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EditPhoto Title:The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area
EditPhoto Description:Improving integrative solutions for conserving the Pacific island’s watersheds
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EditImage Description:The Sigatoka River entering the ocean, south side of Viti Levu, Fiji
EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/photo by Russell A. Mittermeier
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With strong cultural and economic ties to the ocean, Fiji’s people are managing their marine resources at the village level.

​The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network consists of members representing the island’s village communities, research institutes and international nonprofit organizations. The FLMMA network convenes to share information and ideas about conserving ocean life and engaging local people in decisions about resource management.

Our role​

Conservation International has worked in Fiji for more than 10 years, focusing our efforts on the country's largest island, Viti Levu, home to 70% of Fiji's population (over 590,000 people). CI is working to conserve the island's watersheds by supporting the creation and management of interlinked terrestrial and marine protected areas. 

CI joined the FLMMA network in 2006 and continues to contribute research expertise, technical support and training. We have implemented field demonstration projects in locally managed marine areas for the past seven years to help communities better understand the effectiveness of current management plans. By sharing the results of these demonstrations with multiple stakeholders,​ CI has improved management plans, shifted temporary closures ​of marine managed areas​ to permanent closures and improved species conservation and habitat protection. Together with our partners, we have also conducted ecological and socio-economic research to improve priority setting and inform conservation management and policy decisions.

Our plan

CI currently has a memorandum of agreement with the FLMMA network to provide research and technical support to local communities. Through this partnership, CI is helping to design an FLMMA Trust Fund to serve as a long-term sustainable financing tool. CI will also continue to enhance management mechanisms and monitoring frameworks to help Fiji achieve the national commitment of 30% near shore protection in the coming years. Our ultimate goal is to connect Fiji’s terrestrial and marine initiatives by developing a ridge-to-reef approach that links our existing conservation work.

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EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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EditTitle:Science and Innovation
EditImage Alt Text:Scientists set a camera trap. © Benjamin Drummond

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EditTitle:The Ocean
EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse