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14. ESTABLISHING LAS CATALINAS FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA AND MARINE RESERVE

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Budget (USD)

(USD): 210.000 

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First Phase Needs

(USD): 135.000

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Type of Project

Philanthropy

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Timeframe

3 years

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Geographical Scope

Las Catalinas

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Partners

ConnectOcean, shing communities, Latin American School for Protected Areas, INCOPESCA, SINAC (Ministry of the Environment), Misión Tiburón, CREMA, Shellcatch

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Target

Local fishers and tourism operators

WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT DO?

This project applies technical tools to ensure the long-term conservation and use for the sustainable livelihoods of coastal sheries communities and the tourism sector by taking advantage of the natural capital of Las Catalinas. Users ( shers and tourism sector) directly implement the project to carry out the required steps to establish a science- based management plan. In addition, the project emphasizes environmentally sheries practices to encourage bene ciaries to improve their income.

HOW IS IT GOVERNED?

Decisions are subject to the governance model of an alliance between the Ministry of the Environment (SINAC), INCOPESCA, sher associations, and the Latin American School for Protected Areas (UCI).
An interinstitutional monitoring and evaluation committee is formed to recommend adjustments to the conservation and marine regenerative strategy.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

This project is a participatory, community-based, technical and legal process to establish a marine protected area and a community sheries management area as a policy and management instrument with the potential to address pressures on marine biodiversity in and around Las Catalinas islands, in particular over- shing and exploitation and habitat destruction. In addition to protecting rare and threatened species and their habitats and other areas of ecological importance, these instruments help ensure the sustainable provision of multiple other ecosystem services that are fundamental for human well-being, sheries, tourism, and recreation.

HOW IS IT VALIDATED?

By setting up a management plan, including a marine biodiversity baseline community-monitoring system to be repeated over time, marine territorial agreements ( shing closures, tourism regulations).

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Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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