A strategy to save our seas
Building on Fauna & Flora’s existing areas of expertise, our marine strategy is designed to safeguard species, habitats and livelihoods through effective protection and management of marine ecosystems; encourage more enlightened policy and practice; and ensure the long-term sustainability of conservation measures by developing a network of strong organisations to take forward marine conservation in their own countries.
In keeping with our tried-and-tested approach to habitat protection and conservation in general, we place particular emphasis on empowering local – in this case, coastal – communities to be the custodians of the marine resources on which they depend. While recognising the importance of international processes, we are committed to harnessing local and national support for marine conservation, investing in grass-roots activities driven by the very people whose future is most at stake.
Since the launch of our marine programme, Fauna & Flora has already worked across 17 countries with over 90 partners. We have contributed directly to the establishment or strengthening of well over 50 marine protected areas and dozens of new no-take zones, witnessed a reduction in destructive fishing activities at 45% of all sites and seen evidence of recovery in key species groups and habitats.
Securing wider protection
In many cases, our work has been pioneering. Fauna & Flora was, for example, the first conservation organisation to establish an applied programme of marine work in Myanmar some four years before the new government was installed in early 2016, and is at the forefront of numerous community-led initiatives to protect the country’s valuable marine and coastal resources. We have helped to establish Myanmar’s first locally managed marine areas (a form of community-led marine protected area) and, by highlighting the detrimental effects of overfishing, are paving the way for wider protection measures and fishery reforms in the country.