A toolkit for the establishment of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs).

A best practice guide titled “Toolkit for LMMA establishment: A case study of Our Sea Our Life’s approach to community-based marine conservation in northern Mozambique” was recently launched. The guide was based on experiences from the establishment of LMMAs in northern Mozambique and drew contributions from Our Sea Our Life project partners.

The partners included the Zoological Society of London (ZSL); Associação do Meio Ambiente (AMA), Uni Lúrio, CORDIO East Africa, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Universidade de Aveiro. The guide that is available in both English and Portuguese, is designed to guide organisations that wish to support local communities in Mozambique to manage their own marine resources.

The kit provides a step-by-step guidance covering all aspects of the OSOL approach and process; from identifying communities with potential for LMMAs, through the participatory design of management measures and co- management plans, to community-based biological monitoring. The toolkit can also be applied in other local contexts, though one may need to adapt it to the local socio-cultural context.