Abstract


LEARNING NETWORKS AS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR INCREASING EFFECTIVENESS OF CORAL REEF CONSERVATION

Collaborative management and adaptive learning are some of the most effective and powerful ways to engage stakeholders to improve local management at the site level. Especially in the marine realm, where coastal areas and reef ecosystems are in the public domain, a particpatory and community-based approach is necessary. Inspired by the Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network, The Maui Nui Makai Area Learning Network was established in 2013 by 6 communities from Maui, Lanai and Molokai and 2 supporting organizations. This emerging network would like to share their experiences and lessons learned on how to form networks that build capacity for communities that rely on the health of their marine and coastal environments. Success stories and challenges with community outreach, engagement, co-management, governance, developing appropriate bio-cultural indicators and traditional knowledge will be discussed and shared by community leaders from the Maui Nui Makai Network to provide examples of how scientists and reef managers can better engage and support communities in improving coral reef conservation and fisheries management.

Authors

Mejia, M. N., The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii, USA, mmejia@tnc.org

Carpio, J., Wailuku CMMA, USA, wailukucmma@gmail.com

Fielding, E. J., The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii, USA, efielding@tnc.org

Crawford, S., The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii, USA, scott@aloha.net

Lindsey, E., Polanui Hiu, USA, ekolu333@gmail.com

Lind, W. L., Kipahulu Ohana, USA, mamo@kipahulu.org

Poepoe, K., Hui Malama O Mo'omomi, USA, karenpoepoe@yahoo.com

Kaho`ohalahala, S., Maunalei Ahupua'a, maunalei.ahupuaa@gmail.com

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:57
Date: 06/23/2016
Time: 14:30
Location: 303 A/B

Presentation is given by student: No