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Competition between northern communities for sustainable management of marine resources

The competition called "Fagnoesa" (challenge in French) between the LMMA communities of the North, is organized by the Regional Committee for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (CRGIZC) with the support of WWF.

The objective of this competition is to stimulate the motivation of the communities, to make known and to promote their efforts of sustainable management at the regional, national and international level. "Our will is to make the collective effort of each community in the good management of marine resources last" says Hervé Bakarizafy, Director of Regional Development of the Diana region, in the north of Madagascar. The criteria for the competition are the management of marine resources, the success of this community management and how well the managed resources are maintained. Crab, shrimp, and other marine species living in mangroves are evaluated.  A total of 36 community-based organizations that manage mangroves qualified to participate in the contest.

One of them, MITAFA, manages the marine areas around the village of Ampondrahazo, which borders the coral reefs of Nosy Hara National Park, among the most resilient in the world. Each year, this community organization protects and restores its mangroves. Each year, the MITAFA organization strives to protect and restore marine resources. Discussions have been held regarding the application of "Dina" or penalties for any individual attempting to harm these resources through illegal and unregulated fishing.  The dedication of the MITAFA communities to the sustainable management of marine resources gives hope for the future of their village, despite the challenges they face: illegal fishing, illegal cutting and charcoal burning of mangroves, restrictions related to the pandemic... WWF supports any community dedicated to the protection and good management of nature.

This competition aims to stimulate the motivation of communities, to make known and promote their efforts of sustainable management at the regional, national and international level. "Our will is to make the collective effort of each community in the good management of marine resources last" says Hervé Bakarizafy, Director of Regional Development of the Diana region, in northern Madagascar. The criteria for the competition are the management of marine resources, the success of this community management and how well the managed resources are maintained. Crab, shrimp, and other marine species living in mangroves are evaluated.  A total of 36 community-based organizations that manage mangroves qualified to participate in the contest.

One of them, MITAFA, manages the marine areas around the village of Ampondrahazo, which borders the coral reefs of Nosy Hara National Park, among the most resilient in the world. Each year, this community organization protects and restores its mangroves. Each year, the MITAFA organization strives to protect and restore marine resources. Discussions have been held regarding the application of "Dina" or penalties for any individual attempting to harm these resources through illegal and unregulated fishing.  The dedication of the MITAFA communities to the sustainable management of marine resources gives hope for the future of their village, despite the challenges they face: illegal fishing, illegal cutting and charcoal burning of mangroves, restrictions related to the pandemic... WWF supports any community dedicated to the protection and stewardship of nature.