This film (by Brian Jones) gives an overview of the LMMA forum that happened in Andavadoaka in the middle of June. 17 villages from throughout Madagascar came, as well as government officials and representatives from NGOs. There were talks, discussions and workshops all focusing on developing an national LMMA network.
Since last year the Velondriake Management Committee and Blue Ventures have been working with their neighbors in Morombe to set up the Teariake ("Love the Sea") natural resource management committee. Teariake is implementing the Velondriake LMMA (locally-managed marine area) model, establishing a system of temporary and permanent coastal and marine reserves designed to protect and sustainably manage the resources the community relies on for its livelihood. This short film shows events from Teariake's recent festival in Morombe, where Teariake organized football matches, boat races, concerts, speeches, and public awareness activities to celebrate its new reserves sand new conservation legislation. The festival's theme was "Andao Fa Lera! Vezo Miara Miasa!" -- Let's go, it's Time! Vezo Work Together! Watch here to see how Teariake is moving forward with its community conservation efforts.
Just over 300 km north of Andavadoaka, Blue Ventures is working with the people of Belo sur Mer to establish a community-based natural resource management structure, following the successful Velondriake model. This past November, the Be Andriaky Committee held the first opening of its pilot mangrove reserves, after a 3-month test closure designed to allow crab populations to recuperate while implementing a locally-enforced fishing season. The reserve opening was a big success, leaving the community enthusiastic to close the reserve again and strengthen its community-based management structure. Watch the film to see and hear the outcome.