Governance assessment methodology for CLME pilot projects and case studies. Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, CERMES Technical Report No 53
The Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem and Adjacent Areas (CLME) Project has identified weak governance as a root cause of the problems facing these social ecological systems (SESs). Therefore, the CLME Project has a strong emphasis on assessing LMR governance systems and on proposing ways of strengthening them. This document outlines the approach to governance assessment that was used to assess a variety of SES situations in the CLME Project area as reflected in the CLME Case Studies and Pilot Projects. The methodology was adapted from the methodology developed for the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP). This is based on a multilevel, policy-cycle-based Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) Governance Framework that incorporates and addresses the issues of scale, complexity and interaction inherent in most LMEs.