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1. Diversified or alternative livelihoods ? Working with our partners, we have developed a 10 year management plan that highlights what we intend to do on the Island to diversity our livelihood sources. The Island boasts of a number of reptiles that we have, because of our cultural beliefs have managed to live harmoniously with. We have decided to share this unique experience to nature loving tourists so that we can realize more incomes from tourist?s fees and guiding services. 2. Improved food security ? We have understood the importance of birds in sustained fishing. Residents used to eat eggs of these breeding birds, but with the understanding that the birds play a big role in the fishing industry and because our cultural norms respect the snakes that live on the islands as a manifestation of our gods, we realized that it was taboo to eat these eggs and this has boosted our fishing from the water. 3. Improved hazard risk management ? Residents of the Island have been sensitized about the importance of having a clean environment and the need to ensure that we do not introduce new species or endanger the ones that are already there. We have therefore devised mechanisms to reduce the waste that is produced on the Island, by avoiding to bring to the Island non-biodegradable waste such as polythene papers, and fish nettings. We also promoted proper disposal of the waste that is generated on the islands through composting and using the compost so generated to produce manure for our vegetable gardens. 4. Improved use of water resources or other natural ecosystem services ? through emphasizing the importance of the relationship or linkage between the people and their natural world, residents at Musambwa Island have reverence for the natural resources on the Island. The people have rallied all their support to sustainable natural resources use through their cultural values. They have written down the cultural guidelines that assist residents of the Island to live in harmony. They revere the Mukokowe tree as a scared tree, the believe that their gods manifest in form of reptiles such as snakes and other insects. They have stopped consuming eggs of birds and it is believed that these are foods for the snakes that are believed to be their gods.