Capacity building and community mobilizing
Reef Conservation has worked with boat operators, fishermen, hoteliers and community groups to support them in their participation in the management process of Balaclava Marine Park.
A partnership with the University of Mauritius and subsequently with De Chazal Du Mée has allowed Reef Conservation and project partners and stakeholders to identify the perceived problems with communications regarding the marine park, to identify alternative income generating opportunities.
Sensitization and training
Capacity-building activities have included sensitization and training on some of the most important aspects of marine ecology and conservation and enhance understanding of the role of marine protected areas and associated regulations.
Supporting Communication and Awareness around MPAs
People only respect what they know and protect what they respect. The organization has partnered with Eco-Sud and the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society to respond to a call for proposals from the Ministry of Fisheries and Rodrigues and UNDP to prepare a communication campaign for the Balaclava and Blue Bay Marine Parks. Outputs for the project have included tools and materials such as brochure, an education toolkit and an information pack for the tourism industry.