AMAL-CRAB BAY COMMUNITY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES-Vanuatu

The successes of the Amal-Crab Bay initiative in conservingmarine resources in their tabu area, located on theeastern coastline of the island of Malekula, Vanuatu, hasbeen underpinned by the use of a traditional resourcemanagement system and innovative awareness-raisingefforts. The bay forms part of the Port Stanley mangrovearea, and is home to extensive fringing reefs, sea grass beds,and a high abundance of crabs. This resource is critical forlocal livelihoods and food security, and has been the focusof sustainable harvesting regulations since 2002, whencommunity chiefs instituted a ban on harvesting within themangrove forests. These community-led efforts have been strengthenedwith support from an array of international partners; as aresult, the initiative has overseen an increase in marine andcoastal resources, compiled an evidence base for the bay’smangrove ecosystem, and developed local ecotourisminfrastructure.  

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