An Ecosystem Based Management Plan is a document put together by villages from within a district, for example, the 10 villages of Kubulau have a District Management Plan that was put together by reps with the assistance and funding of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The plan outlines important areas of Conservation within a district and this has assisted in the protection of water sheds, reef systems, mangrove swamps and freshwater systems that representatives feel and know are important for the survival of a village and also the whole district. The Wildlife Conservation Society has been assisting the 9 districts within the province to develop its plans and one of the most important issues is community participation because only they as daily resource users what, where and why it needs protecting.
The introduction of EBM plans in the districts has led to widespread interest amongst individuals to safeguard the limited natural resources they have to sustain the present generation but to also meet the needs of the future generation. The Ridge to Reef framework is also part of the EBM plans, i.e., all aspects of activities as well as the natural ecosystem beginning from the mountain right up to the coral reef is taken into consideration in this plan. The WCS has finalised with the assistance of the Tikina two Management Plans while the rest are still in the process of final community consultation and editing before it is endorsed by the respective Tikina Councils.