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 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.
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 Rules and Regulations: click this link to access to more about the CLME+ SAP ICM Rules and Regulations
The ICM thereby
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.
|1st Meeting||28 October 2015||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|2nd Meeting||8-9 September, 2016||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|3rd Meeting||25-26 May, 2017||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|4th Meeting||15-17 August 2018||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|5th Meeting||29 July - 2 August||Panama City, Panama||Summary of the Meeting|
|6th Meeting||16-17 September 2019||Cartagena de Indias, Colombia||Summary of the Meeting|
|7th Meeting||18-30 March 2020||Virtual Meeting||Summary of the Meeting|
|8th Meeting||21 - 22 September 2020||Virtual Meeting||Meeting Agenda |
Summary of the Meeting
|9th Meeting||November 2020 (to be confirmed)||Virtual Meeting||Meeting Agenda|
|10th Meeting||February 2021 (to be confirmed)||Virtual Meeting|
"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
"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
*This section is under construction and will be regularly updated to reflect the ongoing work of the ICM. Please come back regularly!
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.
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
The IFCM Work Plan is a living document that is regularly updated. Please click here to see its latest update.
|1st Meeting||3 September 2015||Bridgetown, Barbados||Summary of the Meeting|
|2nd Meeting||2 December 2015||Summary of the Meeting|
|3rd Meeting||24 June 2016||Guadeloupe, French Island||Summary of the Meeting|
|4th Meeting||28 February 2017||Bridgetown, Barbados||Summary of the Meeting|
|5th Meeting||2 October 2017||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|6th Meeting||23 March 2018||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Summary of the Meeting|
|7th Meeting||18 August 2018||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Summary of the Meeting|
|8th Meeting||27 March 2019||Bridgetown, Barbados||Summary of the Meeting|
|9th Meeting||19 July 2019||Miami, USA||Summary of the Meeting|
|10th Meeting||21 May 2020||Teleconference||Materials 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!
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+
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;
SUB-AGENDA ITEM 5.1 - CORE ASPECTS OF THE 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.
SUB-AGENDA ITEM 5.2 - CREATION OF THE COORDINATION MECHANISM
SUB - AGENDA ITEM 5.3 - PROCESS AND TIMELINE TOWARDS THE CREATION AND OPERATIONALISATION OF A COORDINATION MECHANISM
|Antigua & Barbuda||PSC Member|
|Dominican Republic||PSC Member|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||PSC Member|
|Saint Lucia||PSC Member|
|St. Vincent & Grenadines||PSC Member|
|Trinidad & Tobago||PSC Member|
|The United States of America||PSC Member|
|OECS Commission||PSC Member|
|IOCARIBE IOC of UNESCO||PSC Member|
The proposed Objectives of the Coordination Mechanism convened during the SCM of the CLME+ Project held in June 2020, are as follows:
The geographic scope of the Coordination Mechanism includes the Caribbean LME and the North Brazil Shelf LME.
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.
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.
The Coordination Mechanism is proposed to be operated through three main elements:
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.
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:
In the inital stages, membership may be by invitation.