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Helping communities help themselves


CBRM Core Business

The CBRM Section’s main task is to increase the knowledge and skills of villages and communities to better manage the fisheries and marine resources they own and use through the following initiatives:

  • Awareness on fisheries management key messages
  • Dissemination of fisheries management information through the CBRM Information Unit
  • Building the capacity of government officers, NGOs, LMMA managers, and civil society on Community Fisheries Management through trainings
  • Provision of technical support for communities genuinely motivated to develop Community Fisheries Management Plans
  • Partnership with CBRM implementers in the government, provincial, and community level for an integrated approach to CBRM

Communities have the customary rights to their resources and therefore are key implementers and actors in the management of their fisheries and marine resources.

The CBRM Section and its partners are providers of technical advice only.

Main Activities 

We have four main activities. Please click on the links for more information:


Healthy marine resources contribute to community benefits, wellbeing and continuity of cultural practices and values. Healthy marine resources improve the livelihoods of coastal communities and build their adaptive capacity.

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Development of Community Fisheries Management Plans

The most important aspect of Community Fisheries Management is the participation of customary rights holders. Without their consent, community fisheries management initiatives will fail.

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Communities have to incorporate new management tools together with the basic traditional tabu method of fisheries management in the face of modern development and environmental challenges. The CBRM staff are trained to train practitioners and facilitators of CBRM by incorporating Ecosystem Based Management, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Management Effectiveness and Adaptive Management into CBRM. Every training component is a building block of CBRM.

Partner with us to deliver CBRM trainings to our community facilitators.

Resources for Facilitators 

Designing effective locally managed areas in Tropical Marine Environments: A facilitator’s guide to help sustain community benefits through management of fisheries, ecosystems and climate change. 
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Locally-Managed Marine Areas: A guide to supporting Community-Based Adaptive Management. 
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Community-Based Marine Resource Management in Solomon Islands: A facilitators guide. 
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Lessons learned in CBRM: Lessons from implementing, adapting and sustaining community-based adaptive marine resource management. Download from 

Principles for best practice for Community-Based Resource Management (CBRM) in Solomon Islands.
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Guidelines for community-based marine monitoring in the Solomon Islands.
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CBRM Monitoring 

CBRM monitoring activities include

  1. Tracking of dissemination of materials from the CBRM section - materials which are directly disseminated from MFMR and also those disseminated by partners. This is to ensure that communities not receiving materials are prioritised.
  2. Evaluation of community knowledge of disseminated materials through follow up visits. This will ensure production of accurate but user friendly materials and materials which are relevant to communities according to their knowledge needs.
  3. Reef monitoring of LMMAs – for baseline surveys as well as periodic monitoring or LMMAs.


Solomon Islands Locally Marine Managed Areas (LMMAs) and other terrestrial Locally Managed Areas are mapped in the CTAtlas. Is your managed area mapped? Do you want us to put it in the map? Contact us to let us know. It can make a difference, and you will be joining the Solomon Islands CBRM network.
See all current maps of MPAs, FADs and Seaweed farms here
See other resources on the awareness page

Partners of CBRM

Information on the lead organisations and vpartners of CBRM.

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