International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN)
A Message from Community Representatives participating in the UNDP Equator Initiative Community Dorf to the delegates of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
in preparation for the formal session on ‘biodiversity of inland waters, marine and coastal areas; Article 8 (j) and related provisions’
based on the outcomes of a workshop on ‘Community Responses to the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Tropical Marine Ecosystems’
TEN KEY RECOMMENDATIONS:
- To recognize the twin imperatives of ‘Poverty Alleviation’ and ‘Conservation’ in the establishment of community and indigenous marine conserved & protected areas. The needs and priorities of local communities must drive the development of conservation projects and programmes.
- To channel funding directly to communities for better and more sustainable management of marine and coastal protected areas and conservation initiatives.
- To ensure that Declarations of Marine Protected Areas are implemented and supported with local and indigenous community participation and prior consent.
- To support the diversification of livelihood opportunities of communities working to promote the conservation, ecological restoration and sustainable use of marine, coastal and wetlands areas to avoid overdependence on a single source of income.
- To fully respect the customary rights and values of indigenous and local communities in the establishment of community and indigenous conserved and protected marine, coastal and wetlands areas.
- To identify and support win-win solutions for the entire community in community conserved areas, with particular emphasis on benefits for women.
- To support wide knowledge and experience sharing between communities and their partners to promote the replication and upscaling of good practices.
- To encourage global stewardship of marine, coastal and wetland resources to complement the efforts of local and indigenous communities to conserve marine, coastal and wetlands areas through the better monitoring of all industry.
- To enable access to new and appropriate technologies and equipment that promote better management of marine, coastal and wetlands resources, complemented by appropriate capacity development and training.
- To support efforts to raise public awareness and promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine, coastal and wetlands areas.