A Global Alliance and Partnership for the CLME+ region
An urgent need, a region-wide commitment
Despite its tremendous importance and value to human societies, the marine environment of the CLME+ region has become severely degraded.
Many marine ecosystem goods and services are at the point of becoming irremediably compromised or even lost.
Massive action to restore and safeguard the marine environment from further damage is therefore urgently required.
With the support of the UNDP/GEF “CLME Project”, in 2015 countries from the region jointly prepared a 10-year Strategic Action Programme (SAP) “for the sustainable management of shared living marine resources” (2015-2025).
This “CLME+ SAP” aims at dealing with marine pollution, habitat degradation and unsustainable fisheries, while giving due attention to the effects of climate change.
It builds on a long-term vision of “healthy marine ecosystems that provide benefits and livelihoods for the well-being of the people of the region”, and is aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.
To date, this action programme has already been politically endorsed by more than 30 Ministers, representing a total of 25 Countries and 6 Overseas Territories.
Why the Alliance and Partnership?
Despite this wide political support, the challenge remains big.
Given the size and variety of the problems faced by the marine environment and by the societies that are dependent on its resources, it is evident that the SAP cannot be implemented by a single organization, project or initiative…But the SAP provides us with a common roadmap to jointly work on our shared aspirations and goals!
An up-scaling of efforts, and enhanced coordination and collaboration among key programmes, projects and initiatives, and among the different organizations and sectors of society working on or with a stake in the marine environment, will be essential for success.
interactive governance: “the whole of public, civil and private sector interactions taken to solve societal problems and to create societal opportunities, including the formulation and application of principles guiding those interactions and care for institutions that enable them
With the support of the UNDP/GEF “CLME+ Project”, a wide-ranging, global and multi-stakeholder partnership for the marine environment of the CLME+ region is now being mobilized: the CLME+ Alliance and Partnership is expected to unite Governments, Academia, Civil Society, Private Sector, and the Donor and Development community, in a joint quest to safeguard essential ecosystem services and to sustainably exploit the richness and benefits provided by our shared marine environment.