16 Caribbean SIDS endorsed 10-year Action Programme on the marine environment (by CLME+)
Cartagena, October 2016 – 16 of the 25 countries that have so far endorsed the CLME+ Strategic Action Programme (SAP) “for the sustainable management of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” are Small Islands and low-lying coastal Development states (SIDS), reflecting its value for sustainable development of SIDS.
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The CLME+ SAP is a 10-year politically endorsed action programme for “the Sustainable Management of Shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” (the “CLME+ region”). The programme puts a strong focus on strengthened and consolidated regional cooperation.

The CLME+ region, composed of two of the world’s 66 Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) and critically dependent for its development on the goods and services provided by these ecosystems, has the highest number of SIDS in any such marine region.

The CLME+ SAP, which consist of 6 Strategies and 4 Sub-strategies, aims to deal with three priority issues, in a general context of societal and climatic change: unsustainable fisheries, habitat degradation and marine pollution. Enhancing processes for integrated marine resources governance at national, and (sub)regional levels, is an important focus area under the SAP.

The SAP’s objectives are well aligned with those of the SAMOA Pathway concerning oceans and seas: as mentioned in paragraph 58(a) of the 2014 UNGA Resolution on the SAMOA Pathway, strong support is expressed for “the implementation of strategies on coastal zone management and ecosystem-based management, including for fisheries management, and enhancing national legal and institutional frameworks for the exploration and sustainable use of living and non-living resources.”

Under the SAP strategies, actions towards the strengthening and harmonization of legal and institutional frameworks will be combined with capacity building actions, and a better use of findings from science to inform policy decisions and resources management, including through the upscaling of investments. The CLME+ SAP links up to many additional Modalities of Action of the SAMOA Pathway, including Food Security, Management of Chemicals and Waste, Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Invasive Alien Species, Partnerships, Capacity-building, and Data and Statistics.

Under the SAP, a region-wide “State of the Marine Ecosystems and associated Living Resources” reporting mechanism will be institutionalized, to provide the information needed to track progress and help the region achieve its ultimate goal of “a healthy marine environment that provides benefits and livelihoods for the well-being of the people of the region”.

SAP implementation is being catalyzed with the support of the 5-year, USD146 million “CLME+” Project, co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with numerous co-executing organizations. CLME+ countries, regional Inter-governmental Organizations including the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM Secretariat), the Commission of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS Commission), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and several development partners including UN organizations and NGO’s are now progressively forging a Global Alliance to support the Collaborative and Coordinated Implementation of the CLME+ SAP.
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