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Highlights of 11th Meeting of the Monaco Blue Initiative June 10,2020   |  Source: IISD

The 11th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) held its second virtual workshop on 9 June 2020. The workshop took place under the theme “Lessons learned from community-led initiatives in the management and preservation of protected areas.”

Delivering a keynote address, Andrés Couve Correa, Minister, Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Chile, shared his country’s experiences in community-led actions in Easter Island, which protect the artisanal fishing practices of the Rapa Nui from commercial fisheries and mining. Preserving people’s way of life, he noted, is key to ensuring the recognition of community rights.

Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), moderated the panel discussion. During the discussion:

Divya Karnad, Founder, InSeason Fish, India, highlighted the need to support ecologically determined, rather demand-determined, fish markets to ensure fishers receive benefits from less marketable species during fishing closures in marine protected areas (MPAs);Adam Miller, Executive Director, Planet Indonesia, said local engagement and participation should be considered indicators of success, and emphasized local governance structures as key to MPA sustainability; Esther Wolfs, Founder,


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