REGIONAL COORDINATION MECHANISM AND PROPOSED PARTNERSHIP - CLME+ HUB



REGIONAL COORDINATION MECHANISMS
AND A PROSPECTIVE WIDE RANGING PARTNERSHIP FOR INTEGRATED, INTERACTIVE OCEAN GOVERNANCE

Mandates, structure, membership, work plans, meetings and achievements of the interim coordination mechanisms, and proposals and progress towards the creation of a permanent regional mechanism for ocean governance, and of a broader association of key actors.

 ” Interactive Governance ” 

Is “the whole of interactions (among societal actors) taken to solve societal problems and to create societal opportunities”


Improvements in ocean governance at national, sub-regional and regional levels are vital for a successful achievement of SDG14 and other ocean-related SDGs.  The 10-year CLME+ Strategic Action Programme  (2015-2025) explicitly acknowledges weaknesses in ocean governance as one of the main root causes of ongoing degradation of the marine environment.

Given the high levels of fragmentation of ocean-related efforts in the wider Caribbean, the development of effective regional integrating and coordinating mechanisms is critically needed.

With the support of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project, 2 interim Coordination Mechanisms have been created, while the region works towards defining a Permanent Ocean Governance Coordination Mechanism and a prospective wide-ranging Partnership


THE INTERIM MECHANISMS


The CLME+ SAP Interim Coordination Mechanism (ICM)

  • Establishment
  • Role
  • Members & Secretariat
  • Planning & Meeting Documents
  • Achievements

 

ESTABLISHMENT

The CLME+ SAP ICM was formally established in 2017, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by 8 Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO's) with an Oceans-related Mandate in the wider Caribbean.

The ICM responds to a call for action under the CLME+ Strategic Action Programme (SAP Strategy 3), and decision of the 1st Meeting of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee, held in 2016.

CLME+ SAP ICM OBJECTIVES

The ICM will enhance regional coordination and collaboration, and support oversight and integration of actions for sustainable fisheries and for the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment. ICM will further promote the up-scaling of actions by all sectors of society, to achieve the long-term vision of the CLME+ SAP  of “Healthy Marine Ecosystems that Provide Benefits and Livelihoods for the Peoples of the region”

CLME+ SAP MoU Document: You are invited to find more information about the ICM in the CLME+ SAP MoU

CLME+ SAP ICM Terms of Reference (ToRs): Please click here to gain acces to the ICM ToRs

ROLE OF THE CLME+  ICM SAP

The ICM:

  1. Contributes to the coordinated implementation of the CLME+ SAP;
  2. Monitors and evaluates, and reports on SAP implementation, with a focus on (a) habitat degradation; (b) pollution; and (c) unsustainable fisheries while giving due attention to climate change

The ICM thereby

  • Contribute to consolidate the framework for Regional Ocean Governance in the CLME+ region
  • Leads the reporting on the “State of the Marine Ecosystems and associated Economies” (SOMEE) for the CLME+ region
  • Catalyzes the progressive expansion of the Global CLME+ Alliance and Partnership,
  • Promotes coordinated communication, data and information sharing and dissemination of information
  • Develops, review, revise and report back to their constituencies on the implementation of functions under this CLME+ SAP MoU

 

 

THE SUBSCRIBING PARTIES OF THE CLME+ SAP ICM

The CLME+ SAP ICM Chair and Co-Chair

Both the Chair and Co-chair of the CLME+ SAP ICM are elected  by a simple majority of the members  and serve for a period of two years.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) acts as the Chair of the ICM during the period between July 2019 and July 2021.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) represents by its Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit currently acts as the Co-chair of the ICM during the period between July 2019 and July 2021.

The ICM Secretariat

The Project Coordination Unit of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project is currently acting as the Secretariat of the ICM. Contact: info@clmeproject.org
 
 
 

 

 

The ICM and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The ICM will support the countries of the CLME+ region in their efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 14 (“to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”), and other relevant international commitments.

 

 

MEETINGS OF THE ICM

MeetingDatePlaceMaterials
1st Meeting28 October 2015Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
2nd Meeting8-9 September, 2016Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
3rd Meeting25-26 May, 2017Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
4th Meeting15-17 August 2018Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
5th Meeting29 July - 2 AugustPanama City, PanamaSummary of the Meeting
6th Meeting16-17 September 2019Cartagena de Indias, ColombiaSummary of the Meeting
7th Meeting18-30 March 2020Virtual MeetingSummary of the Meeting
8th Meeting21-22 September 2020Virtual MeetingMeeting Agenda
Meeting Decisions 
Summary of the Meeting
9th Meeting1-2 December 2020 Virtual MeetingMeeting Agenda
Meeting Decisions
Meeting Report
10th Meeting16 and 18 February 2021Virtual MeetingMeeting Agenda
Meeting Decisions
11th Meeting June 2021 (to be confirmed)Virtual Meeting
12th Meeting 3rd Trimester of 2021 (to be confirmed)Virtual Meeting


 

ICM Work Programme for the September 2020 - March 2021 period

"The ICM Work Programme" list the issues on which Strategic Discussion & Decision-making by the representatives of the ICM Members and Secretariat is required (with associated timeline). The current Work Programme covers the period September 2020 - March 2021, thus listing all matters to be dealt with by the ICM between now and 31 March 2021.

Kindly access to the programme using this link.

*Access restricted to ICM members only*

ICM 2020-21 Work Plan

"The ICM Work Plan" lists the activities (i.e. the "real work") to be undertaken by the ICM Membership and Secretariat. As the content of the Work Plan is derived from and based on the decisions and recommendations from the ICM representatives, it covers the same time period as the Work Programme (which currently is: September 2020 - March 2021)

Access to this Work Plan by clicking here.

*Access restricted to ICM members only*

 

ICM inter-sessional work and pre-decision making platform

The CLME+ ICM agreed to use an online platform that could facilitate the inter-sessional work ahead of the virtual meetings. Since ICM8, the mechanism uses the Loomio platform to share documents, proposals, gather impressions from all its members and promote a pre-decision making process.

To access Loomio, please click here.

*Access restricted to ICM members only*

 

ICM programmatic approach in support of the CLME+ Vision

The “ICM programmatic approach in support of the CLME+ Vision” lists the well-coordinated projects and initiatives towards achieving the CLME+ SAP vision.

To access the list of projects, please click here.

*Access restricted to ICM members only*

 

CLME+ ICM Materials Folder

All in one place. Access all ICM related documents and materials, such as the ICM MOU, Rules & Procedures, Work Programme, Work Plan and Meeting Reports and Decisions documents and much more.

To access the folder, please click here.

*Access restricted to ICM members only*

ICM Branding Materials

To guarantee the proper usage of the CLME+ ICM brand. The membership has agreed to use a variety of options for its official logo, a common tagline and other resources that can be found here. In case of any doubts or special brand related query, please contact the ICM Secretariat at: info@clmeproject.org
 
*Access restricted to ICM members only*

*This section is under construction and will be regularly updated to reflect the ongoing work of the ICM. Please come back regularly! 

This section will be progressively developed to highlight the achievements of the Interim Coordination Mechanism. Currently, we provide a link to the early assessment report produced in 2019.


The Interim Fisheries Coordination Mechanism (IFCM)

  • Establishment
  • Role
  • Members & Secretariat
  • Workplan & Meeting Reports
  • Achievements

The establishment of the IFCM is a recognition of the commitment to CLME+ SAP Vision.

"Healthy marine ecosystems in the CLME+ Region that are adequately valued and protected through robust, integrative and inclusive governance arrangements at regional, subregional, national and local levels, which in turn effectively enable adaptive management that maximizes, in a sustainable manner, the provision of goods and services in support of enhanced livelihoods and human well-being"

The CLME+ IFCM establishment was a call from the CLME+ SAP Under Strategy 2, Action 2.1(A), especially requesting the creation of an interim fisheries coordination arrangement for sustainable fisheries development. 

CLME+ IFCM OBJECTIVES

To enhance the regional governance for sustainable fisheries, facilitate, support, and strengthen the coordination of actions among the organizations for sustainable fisheries in the Wester Central Atlantic Region.

To read more on the IFCM please download the IFCM MoU here

To access the Amendment to Fisheries ICM MoU please click here

ROLE OF THE CLME+  IFCM

  • To promote coordination and cooperation in identified priorities in the CRFM OSPESCA Joint Action Plan, including the technical Working Groups;
  • To collaborate to ensure a free flow of mutually useful information and data concerning fish stocks, fisheries activities and the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems.
  • To facilitate the work among the members of the Parties towards harmonization
  • To cooperate with relevant scientific and fisheries management projects
  • To establish reciprocal observer arrangements 
  • To share reports of their sessions and meetings of their subsidiary bodies and projects that are relevant for each other's work

 

IFCM WORK PLAN

The IFCM Work Plan is a living document that is regularly updated. Please click here to see its latest update.

MEETINGS of the IFCM

MeetingDatePlaceReports
1st Meeting3 September 2015Bridgetown, BarbadosSummary of the Meeting
2nd Meeting2 December 2015Summary of the Meeting
3rd Meeting24 June 2016Guadeloupe, French IslandSummary of the Meeting
4th Meeting28 February 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSummary of the Meeting
5th Meeting2 October 2017Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
6th Meeting23 March 2018Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicSummary of the Meeting
7th Meeting18 August 2018Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicSummary of the Meeting
8th Meeting27 March 2019Bridgetown, BarbadosSummary of the Meeting
9th Meeting19 July 2019Miami, USASummary of the Meeting
10th Meeting21 May 2020TeleconferenceMaterials will be available soon

*This section is under construction and will be regularly updated to reflect the ongoing work of the IFCM. Please come back regularly! 

This section will be progressively developed to highlight the achievements of the Interim Coordination Mechanism. Currently, we provide a link to the early assessment report produced in 2019.


TOWARDS INTERACTIVE OCEAN GOVERNANCE

  • Decision Making on the CM
  • Mandate (Objectives)
  • Functions
  • Structure & Governance

REGIONAL DECISIONS ON A COORDINATION MECHANISM FOR OCEAN GOVERNANCE

A  milestone decision on Ocean Governance for the Wider Caribbean was obtained during the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting celebrated from 16 to 18 June 2020, where more than 20 countries along with 14 organizations from the Wider Caribbean region convened to lay out the foundations for a regional "Ocean Governance" Coordination Mechanism.

During the subsequent, Special Session of the CLME+ PSC, celebrated from 20 to 21 October 2020, countries and regional organizations made substantial progress towards delivering the full text for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which the Coordination Mechanism will be created, with only a limited number of remaining matters to be resolved.

Further negotiations are now being planned, with the aim of achieving formal endorsement of the full MoU text by March 2021. 


The CM will seek to enhance collaboration and coordination for the conservation and sustainable use of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems. In connection to this decision, members of the Steering Committee decided in key aspects of this Coordination Mechanism, which was requested under Action 3.2 of SAP CLME+


Virtual Meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee, 16 - 18 June 2020

The CLME+ Project Steering Committee:

Having convened the intersessional UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting virtually utilizing the Kudo Meeting Platform from 16-18 June, with a total of 114 participants representing 22 countries and 16 organizations and Chaired by Panama with the Deputy Chairperson from Trinidad and Tobago and the Rapporteur from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines;

Noting the Declaration of the Delegation of Colombia relative to the decisions of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee on the Coordination Mechanism.

Click here to read the declaration.

Have convened in the following recommendations and decisions related to the Coordination Mechanism;

Decisions on the core aspects:

SUB-AGENDA ITEM 5.1 - CORE ASPECTS OF THE COORDINATION MECHANISM 

  1. Reiterates the importance of proceeding with the setting-up of a Coordination Mechanism

  2. Supports and endorses in principle the text included in document “PSC2006_AG5.1 Core Aspects of the Coordination Mechanism” and recognizes that further refinement may be needed as the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is further negotiated.

Decisions on the establishment of the agreement:

SUB-AGENDA ITEM 5.2 - CREATION OF THE COORDINATION MECHANISM

  1. Supports the use of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding as the preferred modality for expressing the intent to create the Coordination Mechanism
  2. Supports the formation of a drafting group, with representation from legal and technical expertise, to advance the work on the draft Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of the Coordination Mechanism
  3. Requests the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit (PCU) to issue a call for interest for participating in the MoU drafting group.

SUB - AGENDA ITEM 5.3 - PROCESS AND TIMELINE TOWARDS THE CREATION AND OPERATIONALISATION OF A COORDINATION MECHANISM

  1. Acknowledges the proposed process and tentative timeline towards the creation and operationalisation of the Coordination Mechanism as presented by the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and as reflected in document “PSC2006_AI5.3 Process and Tentative Timeline
  2. Acknowledges the debriefing of the CLME+ PCU on the preliminary call for expressions of interest to host the secretariat of the Coordination Mechanism, noting an expression of interest submitted by the Government of Honduras

Participants

This virtual meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee had the participation of the following members and observers.

Virtual Meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee, 20 - 21 October 2020

The CLME+ Project Steering Committee:

Having convened the intersessional UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting virtually utilizing the Kudo Meeting Platform from 20 - 21 October, with a total of 90 participants representing 20 countries and 15 organizations and Chaired by Trinidad and Tobago;

Agreed on the following recommendations and decisions related to the Coordination Mechanism.

The Steering Committee:

Agenda Item 4: Report on the Work Undertaken by the Drafting Group on the draft Coordination Mechanism Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Commends the CLME+ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Drafting Group for its work undertaken in reviewing and making recommendations on the draft Coordination Mechanism Memorandum of Understanding.

Agenda Item 6: Review, discussion and possible advancement towards consensus on the Draft Coordination Mechanism MoU

  1. Acknowledges the advancements towards consensus on the text of the draft Coordination Mechanism MoU during this special PSC meeting.
  2. Urges the countries and organisations that have not yet engaged their legal advisors in the development of the MoU to commence that process immediately.
  3. Intends to further engage towards achieving consensus on the Coordination Mechanism MoU text, and requests the CLME+ PCU to support this process aiming to achieve a technically and legally cleared document by CLME+ Project End
  4. Calls upon the CLME+ PCU to consider the possibility of organising a consultation to further review and refine the draft MoU prior to the next ordinary meeting of the PSC

Agenda Item 7: Timeline towards the creation of the Coordination Mechanism

  1. Supports the proposed process and tentative timeline towards the creation and operationalisation of the Coordination Mechanism as presented by the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and as reflected in document “PSC2010_AI7 - Timeline towards the creation of the Coordination Mechanism”

Participants

This virtual meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee had the participation of the following members and observers.

Virtual Meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee, 23 - 25 February 2021

The CLME+ Project Steering Committee:

Having convened the Third and Final Regular Meeting of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee virtually utilizing the Kudo Meeting Platform from 23-25 February, 2021, with a total of 109 participants representing 31 States and Territories and 13 organizations, Chaired by The Bahamas, with the Deputy Chair from Honduras,

Agreed on the following recommendations and decisions related to the Coordination Mechanism.

The Steering Committee:

Technical endorsement of the Coordination Mechanism MoU:

Sub Agenda Item 4a: Final fine-tuning and technical endorsement of the Coordination Mechanism Memorandum of Understanding

1. Noting an emerging consensus on the text of this draft Memorandum of Understanding,

2. Technically endorses the content of the Memorandum of Understanding Enabling the Creation of a Coordination
Mechanism to Support Integrated Ocean Governance in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems and the associated Annex 1 as contained in documents PSC2102 AI4 - Coordination Mechanism draft MoU and PSC2102 AI4 - Annex 1: Potential Signatories for MoU Commencement

3. Notes that the way forward will include the following steps:

4. Requests the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit (PCU), with support from interested Project Steering Committee Members, to conduct a language reconciliation assessment of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure consistency with language in the English and Spanish versions and share the revised version with the Project Steering Committee by 20 March 2021

5. Encourages States, Territories and Inter-governmental organisations listed in Annex I to the MoU to submit the document to their legal departments for review to allow for the finalization and subsequent opening for signature of the Coordination Mechanism MoU and to submit any comments/recommendations, including those aimed at resolving the pending issue related to paragraph 3 of the MoU, to the CLME+ PCU at their earliest convenience, but no later than end of April 2021. In that process, States, Territories and Inter-governmental organisations are invited to verify if they are satisfied that the MoU as drafted will suffice to allow the Coordination Mechanism and its Secretariat to operate efficiently and effectively in
discharging their functions and achieving their objectives, noting in particular the omission of text on the legal personality
of the Coordination Mechanism.

6. Requests the PCU to convene a special Meeting of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee with the aim of achieving finalization and opening for signature of the Coordination Mechanism Memorandum of Understanding before the end of June 2021.

Sub Agenda Item 4b: Operationalizing the Coordination Mechanism

7. Acknowledges that it is up to each State and Territory to determine who would sign the MOU on their behalf and who will represent them in the Steering Group.

8. Recommends that, when considering who would sign the MOU, States and Territories consider high-level officials whose purviews cover the functions of the Coordination Mechanisms as outlined in the MOU.

9. Acknowledges that the representation of each State and Territory at the Coordination Mechanism Steering Group should be such that it will facilitate the successful achievement of the goals and objectives of the Coordination Mechanism, and enable adequate articulation among regional-level and national-level ocean coordination processes, such as e.g. those undertaken by National Inter-sectoral Coordination Mechanisms (NICs).

10. Acknowledges in the context of the latter (a) the importance of well-functioning NICs, as well as (b) the progress made by States and Territories from the region throughout the CLME+ Project towards achieving such well-functioning NICs, and (c) encourages States and Territories to continue working towards the strengthening of national-level ocean coordination processes.

11. Acknowledges the importance of simultaneously and expeditiously moving towards the commencement of both the PROCARIBE+ Project and the Coordination Mechanism, to enable the prompt and successful operationalization of the Coordination Mechanism.

12. Indicates preliminary support for the following approach towards achieving short, medium and long-term sustainability of the Coordination Mechanism, while acknowledging the Steering Group of the Coordination Mechanism may revisit and adjust the approach, and taking into account that a number of States and Territories have voiced their opposition to mandatory financial contributions:

  • Short & medium-term (2021/2-2027):
    ○ Coordination Mechanism Secretariat and other Organs operate (largely) with financial support from the PROCARIBE+ Project
    ○ PROCARIBE+ Project period used to demonstrate and evaluate CM added value
    ○ CM considers a range of options and decides, prior to PROCARIBE+ Project end, on post-Project financing mechanism(s)
  • Long-term (2027 and beyond):
    ○ Deployment of sustainable financing mechanism(s) endorsed by the Coordination Mechanism Steering Group.

13. While recognizing the relevance of inter-governmental coordination, also acknowledges the importance of actions by all sectors of society, and as such reiterates its support for broad stakeholder partnerships.

14. Requests that the CLME+ PCU solicit proposals for names for the Coordination Mechanism and survey participants regarding preference.

The proposed Objectives of the Coordination Mechanism convened during the SCM of the CLME+ Project held in June 2020, are as follows:

  1. To support regional collaboration towards a coordinated approach to the conservation and sustainable use of the marine and coastal ecosystems and their goods and services;
  2. To support  coordinated and interactive ocean governance in support of attaining ocean-based sustainable development;
  3. To promote actions towards the achievement of the long-term vision [articulated in ] the CLME+ SAP, and other ocean-related international and regional goals and commitments of the Signatories;
  4. To promote partnerships with stakeholders from civil society and the private sector to facilitate and enhance efforts for the ecosystem based conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources and to support intersectoral coordination and collaboration.

Geographic Scope

The geographic scope of the Coordination Mechanism includes the Caribbean LME and the North Brazil Shelf LME.

 

 

Core functions:

1 - Facilitate programmatic coordination of ocean governance and support the monitoring of progress with ocean sustainability instruments, goals and commitments.

2 - Support the sustainable financing and coordinated resource mobilization for ocean governance.

3 - Facilitate the coordination of [regional] institutional and policy frameworks for ocean governance across multiple levels.

4 - Support, as requested,  national ocean governance, including national level coordination for oceans.

Complementary functions:

5 - Coordinate knowledge management and facilitate data and information sharing

6 - Coordinate outreach, awareness-raising, and stakeholder engagement

7 - Strengthen science-policy interfaces

8 - Explore new areas for collaboration (within IGO mandates)

9 - Engage in cooperation with the Gulf of Mexico LME.

Undertake such additional activities as may be  necessary to support the objectives of the Coordination Mechanism, as determined by the Signatories.

 

Proposed governance of the Coordination Mechanism

The Coordination Mechanism is proposed to be operated through three main elements:

 

  1. Steering Group composed of country representatives and the Chair of the Executive Group as a non voting Member
  2. Executive Group composed of IGO representatives (possible non voting member from SG)
  3. Secretariat Director, technical and administrative staff
  • Working Groups including experts and representatives from countries, IGO, non-state actors, academia etc. as necessary and appropriate


TOWARDS A WIDE-RANGING PARTNERSHIP

  • Proposed Mission & Goal
  • Proposed Objectives
  • Proposed Membership
  • Proposed key principles

In the context of the activities of the CLME+ Project, an early proposal has been developed of what could be a “Global Partnership for the Sustainable Management, Use and Protection of the living marine resources of the CLME+/wider Caribbean region” (the "Partnership"). However, it is noted that this proposal needs to be further discussed, reviewed, and as applicable, revised by participants in the CLME+ Project.  This partnership is proposed to be an interactive, responsive, dynamic and evolving, voluntary non-legally binding long-term partnership arrangement for the stakeholders of the marine environment of the region.

Mission: To improve interactive and cooperative ocean governance, inter alia through integrated management of the shared living marine resources of the CLME+ region.

Goal: To facilitate the realization of the long-term vision of “healthy marine ecosystems that are adequately valued and protected through robust, integrative and inclusive governance arrangements at regional, sub-regional, national and local levels, effectively enabling adaptive management which maximizes, in a sustainable manner, the provision of goods and services in support of enhanced livelihoods and human well-being” in the CLME+ region, within a horizon of 15 to 20 years.

 

  • Strengthen consensus among partners on approaches and strategies for addressing the threats to the marine environment as well as their root causes, and to exploit and promote the exploitation of sustainable marine-based socio-economic development opportunities and goals; 
  • Build confidence through collaborative projects and programmes; 
  • Support inter-governmental organizations with a formal mandate for the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment of the CLME+ region in the implementation of these formal mandates and the successful execution of associated work programmes;
  • Reduce regional disparities in capacities for the sustainable ocean and marine resources governance and management;

It is anticipated that the Partnership will be open to membership by Governments, Governmental Institutions, Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO’s), Civil Society, Private Sector, Academia, Communities and Influential Individuals, Financial Institutions and the Donor and Development Aid Community, at various levels.

Initially, the CLME+ SAP Interim Coordination Mechanism (ICM) is proposed to be at the core of this wider-ranging Partnership. In the near future, the ICM could then be replaced by -once established-  the Permanent Coordination Mechanism for integrated Ocean Governance.

Membership of the  Partnership could comprise interested and active stakeholders from within the CLME+/wider Caribbean region and from around the Globe who:

  • Subscribe to, and commit to actively, consistently and substantially contribute to the achievement of the long-term vision of a healthy marine environment that supports the livelihoods and well-being of the Peoples of the region; 
  • Acknowledge the need to embrace the concepts of, and support through their actions the adoption and implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) and an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF);
  • Acknowledge the importance of, and commit to adhere to and apply and/or promote, to the extent possible, the key guiding principles for good living marine resources management formulated under the 2015-2025 CLME+ SAP;
  • Agree and commit to support and contribute, to the extent possible, to the implementation of CLME+ SAP Strategies and Priority Actions, and/or those of associated Programmes, Projects, and Initiatives, based on and in alignment with their formal mandates, skills & experience and /or comparative advantages;
  • Agree and commit to communicate on and coordinate such action with relevant Members of the Partnership, in particular relevant parties under the Core Membership.

In the inital stages, membership may be by invitation.

  • An ecosystem-based approach [to fisheries management] should be applied, which maintains key characteristics of ecosystems in a way that sustains species and ecological processes while supporting human use for economic or social purposes.
  • The principle of sustainable development should be applied such that there is a prudent and rational utilization of living resources and the preservation of the rights of future generations to a viable environment.
  • The principle of adaptive management should be applied such that there is a systematic, rigorous approach for deliberately learning from management actions with the intent to improve subsequent management policy or practice. The principles of good governance should be applied, including participation, the rule of law, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, consensus building, equity, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The principle of subsidiarity should be applied.
  • Risk management should be applied