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Mr. Alifereti Tawake

Alifereti Tawake

Technical Advisor and Council Chair
Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network International Trust
Alifereti Tawake, an indigenous Fijian is a natural resource management specialist. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a applied researcher and working on community conservation, development and management issues across the Indo-Pacific and globally, with institutions ranging from the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Locally Managed Marine Area Network (LMMA) International, Fiji LMMA Network, James Cook University and Conservation International. Among other expertise, Mr. Tawake specialises in island biodiversity conservation and management, fisheries management, community-based adaptive management, climate change adaptation, development of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) and Marine Protected Areas, sustainable and resilient livelihoods, and traditional knowledge.

He pioneered the concept of locally managed areas in Verata in mid 1990s and later founded the national network now called the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network. In 2000, he was involved as a founding member of the LMMA Network International and have since been actively involved in outreach to other countries. Since 2011, Mr. Tawake became the Governing Council Chair that provides leadership and guidance to a growing global network of community and marine conservation practitioners, who’s shared vision is to build a network of vibrant, empowered and resilient communities with healthy and well managed coastal and ocean ecosystems as the basis. His tireless efforts have earned him several international awards, the 2004 Whitley Foundation for Nature Award for People and Environment category, 2015 Duke of Edinburg Conservation Medal, 2016 Distinguished Service Award by Society of Conservation Biology in Oceania. Mr. Tawake possesses a BSc degree (Biology and Chemistry) and Master’s in Marine Science from USP and completed a PhD research in Environmental Science at James Cook University in Australia.
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