Governance of Grenada's Marine Protected Areas & Local Area Management Project Terminal Workshop (2010)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to conduct the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Threat Abatement in the Eastern Caribbean project. TNC has partnered with The University of the West Indies, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), Marine Resource Governance in the Eastern Caribbean (MarGov) project. The partnership between TNC and CERMES MarGov project initiated this Local Area Management Project (LAMP) which concluded in September 2010. This research primarily addressed two components of the LAMP work.
- Provision of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of existing Local Area Management Authorities (LAMAs) – and identify strategies for addressing sustainable fisheries by improving existing LAMAs and establishing additional ones.
Strategy for establishing LAMA or other management mechanism to allow community management of resources that would result in reduced fishing pressure in and around the MPA
This work also contributed towards meeting the project deliverables below.
- Identify enabling policy, legislation, institutions and regulatory conditions required for establishment and effective functioning of Local Area Management Authorities (LAMAs) for fisheries management as provided for in OECS harmonized legislation for fisheries
- Increased and shared knowledge of LAMAs as a form of legally institutionalized fisheries governance that facilitates local level stakeholder involvement
Communication products and pathways for influencing policy makers and other key change agents on effective regional fisheries governance
The mix of research methods ranged from interviews and document analysis to meetings and workshops. Different methods were employed at the three MPAs. The main aim was to obtain information on the feasibility of local area management at the different locations. Given that none of the MPAs had governance structures intended specifically for local area management (the closest was SIOBMPA) muchof the information collected was on impressions and perceptions.
Area of interest: Grenada