Emma Gibbons, of ReefDoctor, has kindly submitted the following feature (as an update on previous contributions) which will be of interest to other Indigenous community conservation associations that may be eligible for financial support for their turtle programmes.
Fikambanana MPaniriky Miaro ny Fano (FI.MPA.MI.FA) the association of fishers for the protection of marine turtles based in the Bay of Ranobe, Southwest Madagascar has just received funding from First Peoples Worldwide.
Citing its website, “First Peoples Worldwide was first developed in 1997 by Cherokee social entrepreneur Rebecca Adamson, as a program of her non-profit First Nations Development Institute. In 2005, Rebecca and her daughter, Neva, founded First Peoples Worldwide as a full-fledged organization in its own right. We focus on funding local development projects in Indigenous communities all over the world while creating bridges between our communities and corporations, governments, academics, NGOs and investors in their regions. We facilitate the use of traditional Indigenous knowledge in solving today’s challenges, including climate change, food security, medicine, governance and sustainable development.”
As an Indigenous-led organization, First Peoples Worldwide understands and appreciates Indigenous culture and are in a unique position to support Indigenous Peoples’ culturally appropriate development. First Peoples Worldwide incorporate Indigenous values and spirituality into grant-making and support the strategies developed and employed by Indigenous Peoples to address the issues that affect them.
This is the first grant received by FI.MPA.MI.FA and the association’s community-based marine turtle conservation program is still in the early stages of development. Thus, funding will provide vital resources for FI.PA.MI.FA to invest in capacity building aimed at conserving Vezo culture and traditions, whilst also implementing fisheries management strategies to protect marine turtles and their associated habitat.
For more information on the First Peoples Worldwide grant programme, please click here.
For more information on ReefDoctor's work in southwest Madagascar, please click here.