Velondriake General Assembly meeting – local governance in action

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    The southern region of Velondriake discusses their workplan

    By Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka, Madagascar.  The Velondriake marine managed area is governed by representatives from each of the twenty-five villages that are encompassed by its boundaries.  Twice a year, these 65 representatives come together to take part in a General Assembly meeting where issues are discussed and future plans made.

    The southern region of Velondriake discusses their workplan

    Last weekend, Velondriake held this bi-annual meeting in Andavadoaka.  Participants discussed the impending temporary octopus reserve openings, challenges and successes with enforcing the local law banning destructive fishing, and created a work plan for the next several months.  These meetings are important for ensuring that Velondriake is guided and managed by local leaders, and ultimately lead to long-term sustainability of this important marine ecosystem.