Civil society sets priorities to support management of shared marine resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems

Civil society sets priorities to support management of shared marine resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems

Port of Spain, February 27, 2018 – Representatives of 18 civil society organisations (CSOs) and small and micro enterprises (SMEs) from 14 countries within the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems region (CLME+ region) met in Trinidad and Tobago, from January 16 – 19, to develop a Civil Society Action Programme (C-SAP), that would contribute to strengthening the role, participation and ownership of civil society actors in the implementation of the politically endorsed 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources in the CLME+ region (CLME+ SAP). The vision of the CLME+ SAP is “a healthy marine environment in the CLME+ that provides benefits and livelihoods for the well-being of the people of the region”.

In her opening remarks, Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) noted “this is the first time that I know of where funding has been dedicated under a project to shape the role of civil society in marine governance and management”. She then added “if we get this right, it is potentially a model that can be taken to governments and donors to say civil society can play a role, help us.”

The CLME+ C-SAP will include prioritised actions for civil society involvement in addressing the three transboundary issues (unsustainable fisheries, habitat degradation and pollution) identified in the CLME+ SAP, that have the greatest impact on the health and functioning of the marine ecosystems in the region. It will also include a strategy to support engagement of CSOs and SMEs in the CLME+ SAP through capacity building, strengthening enabling institutions, forming partnerships and facilitating coordination.