The Bua Yaubula Management Support Team was established in the year 2010 with the purpose of supporting existing Yaubula Initiatives in the Province.
The major partner behind the establishment of the BYMST and one which funded all of its meetings is the Wildlife Conservation Society. The BYMST representatives on accompanying the various teams from WCS engage with their respective districts and villages on the importance of conserving and promoting conservation. Although in its infancy stages, the BYMST has indeed been influential and representatives have always been outspoken during the village meetings as well as district meetings. The BYMST as can be seen by the structure acts as an advisor to and from the people to the Provincial Council and other government departments relating to grievances brought forward by concerned villagers on environment degradation and mismanagement. In turn the Provincial with the assistance of other Government and NGO partners seek to finds ways to remedy the situation to ensure that the custodians of the natural resources are satisfied.
As stated previously the BYMST does not work alone as it also has its partners both from Government and Non-Government Organisations. AS BYMST partners, government departments and NGOs bring further implementation capacity. In particular, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of the South Pacific and Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) have longstanding projects and relationship in Bua and are committed to support the Provincial Office and BYMST. They also provide experience of working with communities, government and other stakeholders to protect biodiversity and natural resources through sound management practices. This includes applying ecosystem-based management approaches to develop ‘ridge-to-reef’ management plans. They have helped establish protected area networks designed to maintain ecological connectivity and improve resilience to climate change. They have supported capacity building for communities to plan, implement and monitor conservation efforts while integrating scientific information for effective community-led management.
The BYMST is a member of the FLMMA network, a not-for-profit charitable organisation made up of key government departments, NGOs and communities involved in sustainable management initiatives which have joined together to learn collectively and improve the success of their efforts. FLMMA will support the transfer of learning and resources within BYMST and with the wider network beyond.