“People Managing Oceans” is a Civil Society Action Programme (C-SAP) for the Sustainable Management of the shared living marine resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+ region). Its development was facilitated by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) with the financial support of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project.
Coastal and marine ecosystems and biodiversity are the basis for much of the region’s economic development and are also important for food security and resilience against climate change and natural hazards. “People Managing Oceans” addresses unsustainable fishing, habitat degradation, and pollution as well as climate change. It also outlines priorities for strengthening civil society’s capacity and enabling mechanisms for participatory governance and management of oceans.
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Developed by and for civil society, fisherfolk and community enterprises in the CLME+ region, “People Managing Oceans” is a framework to guide their practical actions for a healthy marine environment that provides benefits and livelihoods for the well-being of the people of the region.
Published in English and Spanish by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) in December 2018, “People Managing Oceans” lays out an ambitious programme to unify and focus civil society action across the region to implement 8 strategies and 90 associated actions for management of key coastal and marine ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, pelagic ecosystems, and continental shelf ecosystems. It also outlines priorities for strengthening civil society’s capacity and enabling mechanisms for participatory governance and management of oceans.
“People Managing Oceans” supports the achievement of the long-term Vision of a healthy marine environment, and complements the implementation of the 10-year ‘Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+ SAP)’, which was endorsed by governments of 26 countries and 8 overseas territories. Civil society, fisherfolk and community enterprises see themselves as important partners in implementing this key regional programme.
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“People Managing Oceans” was developed through a participatory process led by CANARI, a regional non-profit technical institute dedicated to facilitating and promoting participatory approaches to natural resource management.
CANARI conducted an in-depth stakeholder analysis to assess who were the key actors and what roles they were playing and could play in achieving our long-term vision of a healthy marine environment. Key stakeholders of civil society, fisherfolk and community enterprises from across the region then came together at a workshop in January 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago where they collectively analysed the strategies and actions in the government-endorsed ‘Strategic Action Programme’ previously endorsed by the countries from the region, and identified areas where civil society could contribute to, and complement its implementation.
No. “People Managing Oceans” is a guide for civil society, seeking to prioritise and focus its work, as well as donors, governments, researchers and other partners who provide financial and technical support to civil society. Joining forces will empower civil society to play an important role in the governance and management of our living marine resources in the CLME+ region.
To date (september 2020), “People Managing Oceans” has already been endorsed by 51 civil society, fisherfolk and
small and micro enterprises from across the region, making it a practical guide for the conservation and sustainable use of our shared marine resources.
|1||Future Fishers||Civil society organisation (CSO)||Trinidad and Tobago|
|2||ISER Caribe||CSO||Puerto Rico|
|3||Clave Verde Ecolodge||Small and micro enterprise (SME)||Dominican Republic|
|4||SOH Conservacion||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|5||CANARI||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|6||Andros Conservancy and Trust||CSO||The Bahamas|
|7||Andros Tourist Board||CSO||The Bahamas|
|8||Belize Federation of Fishers||Fisher folk organisation (FFO)||Belize|
|9||Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation||CSO||Jamaica|
|10||Nevis Historical and Nevis Historical||CSO||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|11||Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|12||Dominica Community Tourism Association||CSO||Dominica|
|13||Sustain T&T||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|14||Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine (FoProBiM)||CSO||Haiti|
|15||PARADA LA MANZANA S.R.L.||SME||Dominican Republic|
|16||Quisqueya Permacultura||SME||Dominican Republic|
|17||Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|18||Red Arrecifal Dominicana||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|19||CoopeSoLiDar RL||CSO||Costa Rica|
|20||Asociación Comunitaria de Ecoturismo del Salto del Limón (ACESAL)||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|21||Green Heritage Fund Suriname||CSO||Suriname|
|22||Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno (CEBSE Inc.)||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|23||Proyecto Biodiversidad Costera y Turismo (BCyT)||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|24||Fundación Aldeas de Paz||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|25||Environment Tobago||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|26||Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation||CSO||The Bahamas|
|27||Turks and Caicos Reef Fund||CSO||Turks and Caicos|
|28||Five Star Quality & Justice Associates Ltd||SME||Trinidad and Tobago|
|29||Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL)||CSO||Barbados|
|30||Serkyelar Innovation Ltd||SME||Trinidad and Tobago|
|31||Caribbean Well Services Company Ltd||SME||Trinidad and Tobago|
|32||Promotion pour le Développement (PROMODEV)||CSO||Haiti|
|33||Para la Naturaleza||CSO||Puerto Rico|
|34||Aventura Rincón Ecolodge||SME||Dominican Republic|
|35||Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de la República Dominicana (IDARD)||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|36||Cooperativa de Pescadores Bahía San Lorenzo (Fishermen’s Cooperative of the Bay of San Lorenzo)||FFO||Dominican Republic|
|37||Environmental Foundation of Jamaica||CSO||Jamaica|
|38||Nature Caribé||CSO||Dominican Republic|
|39||The Noreen John Foundation||CSO||Dominica|
|40||Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) Antigua||CSO||Antigua|
|41||Haiti Ocean Project||CSO||Haiti|
|42||Upper Corentyne Fishermen's Co-op Society Ltd||FFO||Guyana|
|43||Liamuiga Seamoss group||SME||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|44||St Andrews Development Organization||CSO||Grenada|
|45||Chrysallis Research Magazine||CSO||Barbados|
|46||Changemakers for the Environment||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|47||Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP)||CSO||Trinidad and Tobago|
|48||Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative Union||FFO||Jamaica|
|49||Laborie Development Foundation||CSO||Saint Lucia|
|50||Anguilla Fisherfolks Association||FFO||Anguilla|
|51||Indian Castle Fisher Folk Association (ICAFF)||FFO||Nevis (Saint Kitts and Nevis)|