5-6 JUNE 2018 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Our Sea Our Life: Making marine conservation gender equitable

The importance of gender inclusive governance mechanisms for coastal communities through community banks and livelihood diversification

‘Our Sea Our Life’ works with 6 vulnerable communities (44% women) to manage sustainable fisheries in the Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique. The project has worked to improve the resilience of coastal ecosystems and community well-being by creating five community fisher councils (CCPs) for the management of over 4200 ha of marine areas. Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are a successful element of the project, with over 466 households (230 men, 236 women) enrolled in 23 VSLAs, allowing communities to diversify their income and ensuring women’s financial autonomy.

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