Community-based methods for resource management are embedded in Pacific Island traditional practices. These have worked for centuries however the growing threat of climate change and overfishing caused by rapidly expanding human populations has eroded the effectiveness of traditional ways. This marine monitoring toolkit was developed in partnership between C2O Pacific, C2O Consulting, Oceanswatch and communities of North Efate, Vanuatu. Its development was driven by the needs of communities and the passion of local ‘Marine Champions’ and represents a toolkit with “fit-for-purpose” approaches to coastal resource management.
The toolkit approaches are based on accepted scientific methods and published information while also being simplified for ongoing use by trained Pacific village community members. At the request of local communities the toolkit provides simple data collection methods for a range of local issues with modules on Reef health, Fish catch surveys, Intertidal invertebrates, Seagrass habitats, Mangrove habitats and Crown-of-thorns starfish. The methods are unique in that results are instant and directly inform local management decision-making using local cyclone warning colour codes (a.k.a. traffic light system). The toolkit is ready-made to be adapted to any region in the Pacific with the support of qualified trainers. Contact us through this website for more information and of you are interested in training for your local communities.
Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit: Vanuatu.
JE Johnson, DJ Welch, E Hooper, B Moore, G Edney and J Waterhouse
Prepared under the Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Adaptation to Climate Change (RESCCUE) Vanuatu project for the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia (104pp).