Obed Timakata

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Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Vanuatu

Obed Timakata is the Operations Manager for the private company Timakata & Associates in Vanuatu, which established the first marine protected area (MPA) on Emae Island in 2004. There are now seven marine protected areas surrounding the island, all implemented by fishing communities who have seen the benefits of the first MPA. They have now undertaken the ambitious project of establishing the world’s first organically certified island to encourage sustainability from ridge to reef, including agroecological farming, a chemical free tourism industry, and a network of conservation areas and marine life sanctuaries. Obed holds a diploma in business studies from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from the University of the South Pacific.