People Managing Oceans (a civil society C-SAP) - CLME+ HUB


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) 


What is "People Managing Oceans"?

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.

What's the story behind it?

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.  

How does the C-SAP integrate with other initiatives?

“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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How was it created? Simple...Participation was the key!

“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. 


Is “People Managing Oceans” only for civil society ?

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.  


Who is already supporting it?


Civil Society Organizations

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.

Want to find out more?

You can get a copy of the “People Managing Oceans” Booklet and Factsheet here. 

You can find out more about the exciting work of the Caribbean Naturals Resources Institute on the CANARI’s website.

C-SAP Endorsements

1Future FishersCivil society organisation (CSO)Trinidad and Tobago
2ISER CaribeCSOPuerto Rico
3Clave Verde EcolodgeSmall and micro enterprise (SME)Dominican Republic
4SOH ConservacionCSODominican Republic
5CANARICSOTrinidad and Tobago
6Andros Conservancy and Trust CSOThe Bahamas
7Andros Tourist BoardCSOThe Bahamas
8Belize Federation of FishersFisher folk organisation (FFO)Belize
9Caribbean Coastal Area Management FoundationCSOJamaica
10Nevis Historical and Nevis HistoricalCSOSt. Kitts and Nevis
11Environmental Research Institute CharlottevilleCSOTrinidad and Tobago
12Dominica Community Tourism AssociationCSODominica
13Sustain T&TCSOTrinidad and Tobago
14Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine (FoProBiM)CSOHaiti
15PARADA LA MANZANA S.R.L.SMEDominican Republic
16Quisqueya PermaculturaSMEDominican Republic
17Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and TobagoCSOTrinidad and Tobago
18Red Arrecifal DominicanaCSODominican Republic
19CoopeSoLiDar RLCSOCosta Rica
20Asociación Comunitaria de Ecoturismo del Salto del Limón (ACESAL)CSODominican Republic
21Green Heritage Fund SurinameCSOSuriname
22Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno (CEBSE Inc.)CSODominican Republic
23Proyecto Biodiversidad Costera y Turismo (BCyT) CSODominican Republic
24Fundación Aldeas de PazCSODominican Republic
25Environment TobagoCSOTrinidad and Tobago
26Bahamas Marine Mammal Research OrganisationCSOThe Bahamas
27Turks and Caicos Reef FundCSOTurks and Caicos
28Five Star Quality & Justice Associates LtdSMETrinidad and Tobago
29Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL)CSOBarbados
30Serkyelar Innovation LtdSMETrinidad and Tobago
31Caribbean Well Services Company LtdSMETrinidad and Tobago
32Promotion pour le Développement (PROMODEV)CSOHaiti
33Para la NaturalezaCSOPuerto Rico
34Aventura Rincón EcolodgeSMEDominican Republic
35Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de la República Dominicana (IDARD)CSODominican Republic
36Cooperativa de Pescadores Bahía San Lorenzo (Fishermen’s Cooperative of the Bay of San Lorenzo)FFODominican Republic
37Environmental Foundation of JamaicaCSOJamaica
38Nature Caribé CSODominican Republic
39The Noreen John FoundationCSODominica
40Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) AntiguaCSOAntigua
41Haiti Ocean ProjectCSOHaiti
42Upper Corentyne Fishermen's Co-op Society LtdFFOGuyana
43Liamuiga Seamoss groupSMESt. Kitts and Nevis
44St Andrews Development OrganizationCSOGrenada
45Chrysallis Research MagazineCSOBarbados
46Changemakers for the EnvironmentCSOTrinidad and Tobago
47Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP)CSOTrinidad and Tobago
48Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative UnionFFOJamaica
49Laborie Development FoundationCSOSaint Lucia
50Anguilla Fisherfolks AssociationFFOAnguilla
51Indian Castle Fisher Folk Association (ICAFF)FFONevis (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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