As it gears itself to work on a plan for Port Launay and Baie Ternay national marine parks, the SNPA held a meeting on Saturday with various groups and individuals involved in the use of the bays to get their views and suggestions on how best to manage these parks so they can gain the maximum out of them while maintaining sustainable use.

Present at the meeting held at the President’s Village, Port Glaud, were members of the general public and other stakeholders like travel agencies, fishermen who make use of these two bays.

As there was a low turnout, the organisers said they will have to meet other people involved in the use of the bays, like fishermen, travel agencies and especially residents of the Port Glaud district, in other meetings they are planning to hold in future.

The consultant for the project is Sylvanna Antha.

The management plan is for a period of five years and will be used by stakeholders to guide their activities in the bay.

Going through the plan and the whole process of getting to the actual management plan, Ms Antha explained what stakeholders have to do in order to provide feedback. They have to suggest what can be done to improve conservation; what can be done to improve the Port Launay/Baie Ternay visitor experience (both locals and tourists); potential business opportunities; stakeholders’ issues and concerns; location of activities and zoning; how can community members help deter illegal activities; recreational activities that benefit community and SNPA; what’s the best use for Baie Ternay – recreational, scientific, conservation or a mix of all these.

“What is your role? You have to attend stakeholders meetings where you can raise issues and concerns, discuss strategies to tackle issues and concerns and explain this initiative to others. You will also have to identify best ways to reach consensus with other users and management and provide feedback on the management plan,” said Ms Antha.

With regard to the drafting process, it will consist of identifying issues; review of conservation issues in the parks, research and monitoring; identify types and locations of activities taking place and potential business opportunities while defining threats faced by the two marine national parks and how to tackle those.

A validation workshop will be held in the first week of December.