Now that the fishing communities from La Graciosa Bay, Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge, Guatemala, are taking their role as co-managers, they began by identifying action lines that they should work on, in order to empower themselves as resources managers. The action lines identified were:
Participation of and coordination with key actors in Management Processes
Human capital formation
Scientific information for the assessment and monitoring of impacts
They are also working in the identification of needs of the protected area and its natural resources. They have also designed the Action Plan for the fisheries recovery sites and are now socializing it with all the communities before beginning its implementation.
It has been a long and hard way to obtain the official involvement of fishers in the co-management process, but we are walking the right way on achieving the natural resources recovery through the participation of stakeholders, who after all are the main users of this resources.
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