Community Outreach and Awareness
LOT are currently engaged with 21 community groups, including 5 Beach Management Units (BMU's). Our aim with this programme is to raise awareness about conservation issues as well as support capacity building and training within the groups we work with. LOT's motto 'Love Your Local Ocean' is used to emphasise the importance of local people taking ownership of their natural environment in order to preserve it for the future.
Regular presentations and workshops are conducted at our Marine Centre as well as daily outreach and awareness at fish landing sites and villages. This helps to spread the word about marine conservation, ensuring people learn about their environment and how to protect it.
Our outreach efforts have greatly increased community participation in our work. A more informed local community now regularly take part in organised beach cleanups, mangrove planting and other conservation activities as well as reporting on illegal activities and assisting with our sea turtle conservation initiatives.
Through the community we are able to save thousands of sea turtles caugh accidendentally in fishing nets, ensuring the survival of several endangered species.
Community Empowerment & Capacity Building
We actively encourage the groups we work with to engage in Alternative Income Generating activities (AIG's) in order to lessen their impact and pressure on the marine environment. There is a high dependency on fishing and tourism for livelihoods and we believe this to be detrimental in the long run if their resources are not sustainably managed.
These groups face many challenges such as lack of capacity, expertise, technical support and finances. LOT provides the support and motivation that our groups need in order to grow. Without this, many of these groups would collapse. We offer a constant presence in the community, organising training and capacity building workshops with partner groups, advice, support and any other assistance we are able to provide.
How can you help?
You could get stuck in with our community programme on an Eco Visit with us. Alternatively you could hold a fundraiser for us.