The CLME Project assists participating countries from the Wider Caribbean Region to improve the management of their shared Living Marine Resources -most of which are considered to be fully or overexploited- through an Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) approach.

A preliminary Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) identified three priority transboundary problems that affect the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME): unsustainable exploitation of fish and other living resources, habitat degradation and community modification, and pollution.

The final TDAs prepared under the full-sized CLME Project serve as the science basis for the development of an agreed program of interventions (called “SAP”), which may include policy, legal and institutional reforms, conservation measures and pollution control.

This Strategic Action Programme (SAP) will document the shared, and commonly-agreed upon vision of the countries participating in the CLME Project with regard to the priority interventions, reforms and investments that are required to ensure the sustainable provision of goods and services from living marine resources in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR).

More specifically, the CLME Project will facilitate the strengthening of the governance of key fishery ecosystems in the WCR, at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. For this purpose, CLME will give particular attention to the strengthening of horizontal and vertical (technical and political) linkages between existing structures.

To assist this process, the project will create an integrated Information Management System (IMS), bringing together congruent fisheries, biological, pollution and socio-economic data and information as a powerful management tool.

Similarly, a framework for periodic monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the achievement of the CLME goals and objectives will be developed. For more information on this, please visit the section on the Regional Ecosystem Monitoring Programme (REMP).


The CLME Project with CERMES recently (summer 2012) produced a report titled "Survey of the regional science-policy interface for ocean governance in the Wider Caribbean Region" More information is available here.


Last week [September, 2012] the first ever joint CRFM-OSPESCA high-level Ministerial Meeting took place and ended with highly positive outcomes very relevant to the last phase of the CLME project:

This historic meeting between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (OSPESCA), in which over 60 high-level delegates representing 19 countries gathered to discuss and agree on joint actions for tackling some of the most urgent obstacles to the sustainable exploitation of their shared fisheries resources, was closed with two major outcomes: the signing of the Belize Declaration, and of a Plan for collective Action.

A full summary in pdf form is available here.

More information available from the CLME website,  the OSPESCA website (Spanish only), and the CRFM website.

The Belize Declaration is available as a pdf here


[23 October 2012] CLME’s Information Management System IMS is on line !

More information and links available in our News section. (or here)

New [13 November 2012] map of Institutions and organisations working in the Caribbean here.


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