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Marine Protected Area Programme

Please help us to conserve one of the most important coral reef areas in the Western Indian Ocean and give generously to our conservation efforts.

 

Marine Protected Area Programme



One of the world’s foremost marine scientists, Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York, UK wrote that ‘Protecting 30-40% of the ocean is necessary to achieve most management goals’ . In October 2013, the Manta Resort did something very special, they worked with the fishermen and villagers to establish a voluntary marine protected area adjacent to the resort. This represented a major breakthrough in terms of conservation efforts. But, any protected area needs to have a reliable and steady financing mechanism to fund surveillance and monitoring at the very least and hopefully to support education programmes around the MPA.

So, the ‘Snorkelling for Conservation’ activity at the Manta Resort was born! Guests pay a small fee to snorkel in the MPA and the proceeds go to the local community to protect the coral reefs. The fishermen have received some instruction as rangers and they provide ranger services 24/7 to ensure that no fishing takes place with the zone. Any donations left over will now be going towards targeted community development projects, established through our Public Private Community Partnership approach. As interest grows, and fees increase, the Manta Resort has the Foundation to take over the management of the KMPA and the community fund using the Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP) approach.


 

 
We believe that we have a sustainable and transferable model for MPA financing and management that could provide a basis for developing a network of MPAs along the coast. We are currently working with the fishermen’s committees on a resource mapping exercise to establish where the best opportunities exist for extending the network of reserves.

We estimate that the Kwanini MPA represents about 2% of the coral reef resource along the west coast of Pemba and so we have a long way to go to achieve the 30%-40% considered necessary to achieve the management goals. Our aim is to bring 20% of the coast under effective management. Please help us to conserve one of the most important coral reef areas in the Western Indian Ocean and give generously to our conservation efforts.

Here’s how you can support:

Sponsor an MPA or a reef

Donate towards our resource mapping and fishermen’s consultation and support programme

Support the start-up costs for the new MPAs

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