FLMMA held its annual general meeting at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva from the 10th to the 13th of December, 2013. With the meeting also catering at the same time FLMMA’s strategic planning and lessons learning workshop, MES was very humbled to be part of it. MES was spearheaded and represented to the meet by Project Manager Marica Vakacola accompanied by Taukei Yanuya Mr. Jerry Nasusu as a community representative under the MES organization.

The outcome of the meet would be very beneficial not only to the organization but also to the Mamanuca community. And as was the objective during the AGM, FLMMA was focused on trying to capture lessons learnt and best management practices in national community based adaptive management and coastal resource management in Fiji. This was also interesting for the two representatives  as they would also be able to get sufficient information’s and ideas that would be very helpful to the local community here in the Mamanuca group of islands.

Adapting management strategies and best practices to ensure effective and efficient implementation of resource management goals is one of the major issues lacking within the communities around the Mamanuca. And thankfully, the meeting was an eye opener for Mr. Nasusu as he bags home all the necessary useful information’s which has broaden his pioneer knowledge of being a leading environmental person for the islanders. As a current village chief, he now shoulders a huge task in implementing and see that whatever he has gained from the workshop is shared to his fellow villagers and that the contribution he brought is put into practice.

The meeting was completed successfully and the duo were looking forward in returning to the west to relay what they have gained from the meeting. MES would also like to thank Mr. Nasusu for taking his time out to be part of an important and interesting meeting that would help him and his village protect their marine resources.