Description of the project
Protecting the Large Marine Ecosystems (and associated living resources) that make up the Wider Caribbean region is vital to safeguarding the future of the 26 countries and 18 overseas territories of the Caribbean Basin, Gulf of Mexico and North Brazil Shelf. To this end, CANARI is supporting the efforts of UN Environment, through the Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU), to prepare a report on the state of marine habitats in the Wider Caribbean and a strategy and action plan for their protection and restoration. The status report and strategy/action plan provide the basis for transboundary governance and management of the wider Caribbean region’s coral reef sub-ecosystem (coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds) and set out a series of measures to be taken to address priority issues in support of the people, economies and ecology of the region.
This initiative is implemented through UN Environment’s Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) sub-programme and supports implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME + SAP). The CLME+ SAP is aimed at contributing to the achievement of the long-term vision for the CLME+ region, which is “a healthy marine environment in the CLME+ that provides benefits and livelihoods for the well-being of the people of the region”. CANARI is supporting UN Environment CAR/RCU in the frame of the five-year (2015-2020) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems project (The UNDP/GEF CLME + Project (2015-2020). See the project summary here.
Key activities and result
The project is intended to support improved coordination and integration of the various marine ecosystem management and conservation efforts that are being undertaken by governments and their partners in the Wider Caribbean. The project will achieve this result through the following specific outputs and activities:
For more information, contact Nicole Brown, Adjunct Senior Technical Officer at [email protected]