Customary Ownership, National Laws, Empowering Communities and Other Challenges
On the 17th of October 2012, FELA hosted a CLE Seminar on "Customary Ownership, National Laws, Empowering Communities and Other Challenges" presented by Ged Acton, the Stakeholder Engagement Officer- Wildlife Conservation Society.
About the speaker:
Ged Acton began working with Fijian communities in 1998, supporting village plans for sustainable resource management and delivering health, sanitation and income generation projects. With a BSc Hons in Environmental Resource Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Sustainable Communities, Ged has managed development programmes in London and rural Scotland, supported regional partnership working in the North East and North West of England and led research projects for councils and government departments across the UK. He returned to Fiji in 2011 and is supporting processes for effective ecosystem-based management at Tikina and provincial level in Bua. He is also helping communities to develop alternative income generating initiatives so that they benefit financially from their conservation efforts, are able to meet their growing demands for money and to reinvest in sustainable management activities.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) supports sustainable management of natural resources by indigenous communities in Fiji. This involves applying ecosystem-based management principles that fuse scientific data with local and traditional ecological knowledge to promote sustainable management of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems. The aim is to maintain healthy, productive and resilient ecosystems that can overcome pressure from population growth and climate change to meet the needs of future generations.
Ged Acton presented on WCS’ approach to supporting community-led management, with particular reference to the challenges of:
- community engagement and empowerment;
- stakeholders and partnership working;
- development pressures and community income generation; and
- linking national and local laws and priorities.
For more information on the Recognition and Support of ICCA's in Fiji, the Law, custom and Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Kalabu District (Fiji) and the presentation on Customary Ownership, National Laws, Empowering Communities and Other Challenges, Please Click on the associated links.