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Equator Initiative Case Study - Fishing Community of Tomia (KOMUNTO)

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The Fishing Community of Tomia is a community-based organization composed of representatives of fishers’ groups from East Tomia, Indonesia. The organization was established in response to shared community concerns regarding foreign commercial fishing, the use of destructive fishing methods, and a vacuum in local government leadership on the sustainable management of Wakatobi natural resources.
The initiative encourages the local management of natural resources to improve community wellbeing. It has promoted local participation in zoning and spatial planning of Wakatobi National Park, and established three protected areas around the island of Tomia to allow fish stocks to regenerate. Financial contribution from members fund savings and loan services and support for members with in times of need. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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