Categories Council, Oceania, People

Alifereti Tawake

Regional representative for East Austronesia and the Pacific islands

Based in Fiji. Alifereti is a Fijian indigenous leader and member of the founding Coordination Council of the Locally-managed Marine Area Network (LMMA network)—a Member of the Consortium that unites indigenous peoples and local communities engaged in governing and managing their community conserved areas in the Indo-Pacific and Western Indian Ocean regions. As Chair of the Coordinating Council of LMMAs, Alifereti has been facilitating multi-party dialogues about protection, sustainable use and restoration of coastal and marine resources as well as mitigation and adaptation to climate change and promoting sustainable development in general. His work has been recognized by the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal and Whitley Foundation Award for People and the Environment.