In an effort to continue supporting the achievement of the long-term vision of the CLME+ initiative and the 10-year SAP, a new project is being proposed: Protecting and Restoring the Ocean’s natural Capital, building Resilience and supporting region-wide Investments for sustainable Blue socio-Economic development (PROCARIBE+). The PROCARIBE+ project concept note (PIF) was approved at the 60th GEF Council on June 2021, which marks the beginning of the PROCARIBE+ “PPG Phase”, during which the detailed Project Proposal Package will be developed together with the participating countries and (prospective) project partners.
PROCARIBE+ project started its preparation phase mid-June 2021 and is meant to begin its implementation one year later in 2022. This new project aims to build on the results from the UNDP/GEF CLME (2009-2014) and CLME+ (2015-2021) Projects, and to give continuity to (a) the implementation of the 10-year CLME+ SAP, and (b) several related key outputs and outcomes from the CLME+ Project. Within this framework, the project aims: to implement integrated ocean management arrangements (regional and national) -including through enhanced collaboration among LME’s, a Regional Seas Convention and Regional Fisheries Bodies; to enable and develop sustainable and resilient ocean-based (blue) economies including through Marine Spatial Planning, initiatives for habitat protection and restoration (Marine Protected Areas, Other Effective Conservation Measures and Blue Carbon), for sustainable fisheries and addressing land-based sources of pollution. The interventions will take into account the cross-cutting issues of climate change, gender, and post-covid recovery, and work towards catalyzing the next iteration of key regional processes such as the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and the Strategic Action Programme (TDA/SAP)