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Partnerships and the quest for effective community based resource management: Mositi Vanuaso project, Gau Island, Fiji

Veitayaki, Joeli and Tawake, Alifereti and Bogiva, Alifereti and Radikedike, Pio and Meo, Semisi V. and Ravula, N. and Vave, Ron and Fong, Patrick S. (2005) Partnerships and the quest for effective community based resource management: Mositi Vanuaso project, Gau Island, Fiji. Journal of Pacific Studies, 28 (2). pp. 328-349. ISSN 1011-3029

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Abstract

The Mositi Vanuaso Project in Gau is a Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas Network (FLMMA) site undertaking activities that intend to articulate sustainable development. With partnerships and collaboration, the communities and their outside partners have brought about changes that offer useful lessons in the quest for effective community based resource management. Mositi denotes attachment to something that is cherished and deeply valued. Thus the name evokes a commitment of the district to protecting and managing the use of the resources of the area, which are intimately linked to people's welfare and livelihood. Wanting the environment they pass to their children and future generations to be their most significant legacy, the people have made Mositi Vanuaso initiatives forward looking, innovative and relevant. In the collaborative experience in the district (tikina) of Vanuaso, the partnerships at various levels have contributed to marine resource conservation work undertaken over the last five years. Using self-determined and -implemented management plans they formulated during participatory learning and action workshops, the people have collaborated to establish their community-based resource management areas and determine the management activities.The experience has been fulfilling and enriching for participants, and can be a useful source of information for the nation, the region and the world, wherever similar initiatives are promoted and tried.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2005 16:44
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 14:06
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3408
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