Adaptive comanagement of a marine protected area network in Fiji.
Bottom Line: In 2011, a review of protected area boundaries and management rules was motivated by the need to enhance management effectiveness and the desire to improve resilience to climate change.Factors identified as contributing to this outcome include well-defined resource-access rights; community respect for a flexible system of customary governance; long-term commitment and presence of comanagement partners; supportive policy environment for comanagement; synthesis of traditional management approaches with systematic monitoring; and district-wide coordination, which provided a broader spatial context for adaptive-management decision making.Co-Manejo Adaptativo de una Red de Áreas Marinas Protegidas en Fiyi.
Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country Program, 11 Ma'afu Street, Suva, Fiji; Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia.Show MeSH
Mentions: Five new tabu areas were established, 3 villages substantially increased the size of their existing tabu areas, and 500-m buffers were added to the 3 district no-take areas (Fig. 2). The enlarged MPA network included 3 district no-take areas and 21 village tabu areas. An additional 35 km2 was placed under management, increasing the total area of the MPA network to 120 km2, which is equivalent to 44% of the Kubulau qoliqoli. The revised MPA network design was endorsed by the Bose Vanua in March 2012 and was incorporated into the updated EBM plan.
Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country Program, 11 Ma'afu Street, Suva, Fiji; Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia.