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Equator Initiative Case Study – Fishers’ Association Of The Rural Community Of Mangagoulack (APCRM)

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The Fishers’ Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – manages a community conserved area with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity. The association was started in response to declining fish catches and in recognition of the need for a community-driven resource management plan. The tropical estuary ecosystem is now managed through a zoning system based on the traditional zoning practice. Once a month, fishers work on behalf of the association, dedicating the sale of their catch towards conservation and surveillance needs. Monitoring shows a 100 per cent increase in fish abundance and significant improvements in marine biodiversity since the initiative began. Women in the community have formed an association of shellfish collectors, creating a similar set of rules for management and extraction. The larger association was the first of its kind in Senegal, unique in engaging local and regional governments to legally recognize community fishing rights. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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