The CLME+ Project: An initiative to save the sea and enhance livehoods

What is it?
The CLME+ Project is a 5-year project (2015-2020) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
It assists participating countries from two large marine ecosystems (LMEs) in improving the management of their shared Living Marine Resources through an Ecosystem-Based Management approach:
the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem
the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem
The combination of those two LMEs is referred to as the CLME+ region, bordered by over 35 States and Territories: the Caribbean & North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems. This vast marine area (4.4 million km2) is a major contributor to regional economic development and is key to many globally relevant ecological processes.

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What is the CLME+ Region?

The CLME+ region is regarded as one of the most geopolitically diverse and complex sets of LMEs in the world. The culturally diverse countries and territories that border this maritime area range from among the largest (e.g. Brazil, USA) to among the smallest (e.g. Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis) and from the most developed to the least developed in the world.

Both the marine resources as well as key problems affecting these resources (overfishing, pollution, habitat degradation and climate change) are shared to a very large extent by the many territories that make up this region. Highly variable progress exists across the region with regard to ocean and living marine resources governance. Capacities for living marine resources management vary considerably at national, sub-regional and regional levels.

A first UNDP GEF CLME Project (2009-2014) enabled the development of a Strategic Action Programme (CLME+ SAP, 2015-2025) to reverse environmental degradation in the CLME+ region, which was endorsed at high political levels by over 20 countries within the region in 2013. The SAP puts considerable focus on priority actions that aim at dealing with root causes of environmental degradation such as weak governance arrangements and capacity and information gaps, and overall lack of coordination of efforts, as a result of geopolitical and sectoral fragmentation at the regional, sub-regional, national and local levels.

In 2015, following the wide spread political support of the CLME+ SAP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) released a USD 12,5 million grant to help catalyse implementation of the SAP through the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project (2015-2020). This 5-year CLME+ Project specifically aims at supporting the implementation of the 10-year CLME+ SAP.

Given the abundance of projects and initiatives in the region that can deal with stress reduction at the local or national scale, the CLME+ Project has clearly identified its niche among all regional projects and initiatives, and therefore puts a major focus on the enhancement of governance architecture and processes.

                                                                                              

The UNDP/GEF Project “CLME+: Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme forthe Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” (GEF ID 5542; 2015-2019) is a 5-year project that specifically aims at facilitating the implementation of the 10-year politically endorsed Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems.

The Caribbean: A shared challenge

Since the the begging of the CLME Project the vision of understanding the Caribbean as a shared challenge has been advocated; a challenge that will only be overcome if countries, IGO’s, civil society and everyone in the region works collaboratively. Click on the next video to find out more! 

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