SUPPORTING PROTECTED AREAS AND COMMUNITY-BASED MANAGEMENT
In Kadavu, two marine biological monitoring practical workshops were conducted in collaboration with Fisheries Department staff to update community members on marine resources management laws and policies, and to train them in monitoring the status of the marine resources in their locally marine managed areas (LMMAs) using tools developed by the Fiji LMMA Network and IAS.
In Ra, following an overview of the benefits and costs of implementation on Freshwater tabu and protected areas, RESCCUE con-ducted extensive consultations towards the development of com-munity-based freshwater management plans and the establishment of several local freshwater tabu areas. RESCCUE also supported a community-based forest reserve in the highlands of Ra where wa-tershed reforestation took place. Implementation of the plans re-sulted in the riparian restoration activities mentioned above, as well as other freshwater conservation measures such as cattle fencing and sustainable agricultural practices.