The Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) Project undertaken by IOCARIBE aims at supporting countries in the wider Caribbean to address coastal and area planning by providing the necessary tools and acting as a resource to assist in ICAM. Specifically, it aims to build the resilience of Caribbean economies dependent on coastal tourism, assists in developing trained persons for ICAM issues in the region,and promotes south-south cooperation through the replication of best practices throughout the region. The project designs and implements training courses in ICAM for member countries as well as provides technical assistance through fellowships, seminars, and conferences.
Recent ICAM activities within IOCARIBE include the “Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) Training Workshop for the English-Speaking Caribbean States” which was held in Barbados from 16 to 18 March 2011, with expertise provided by the Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit. The project "Demonstrate Approaches for Nutrient and Sediment Reduction at Selected Pilot Study Areas in the Wider Caribbean" was submitted for Global Environment Facility (GEF) support and is in its PDF-A phase. Paired watersheds have been established as pilot sites in Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Discussions are ongoing with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop this project within the second phase of its Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM) programme.
The IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE), jointly with IOC/ICAM specialists and in close cooperation with UNDP GEF International Waters, are preparing a project proposal “Partnership for Sustainable Management of Ocean and Coasts in Latin America” for submission to GEF. The general objective of the project is to enable the Latin American region to collectively protect and manage its coastal and marine environment through inter-governmental and inter-sectoral partnerships. The project will strengthen legal framework and regulations, as well as develop implementation guidelines, decision support tools, and the needed information systems to implement and monitor, step by step, the elements of ICAM and MSP in the region. This will enable the countries and stakeholders to formulate a comprehensive national policy framework and coordinated strategy and master plans for coastal and marine resource management. The GEF contribution amounts to US$ 10 million with US$ 52 million co-financing by Member States. For this purpose an inventory of national, regional and global conventions, protocols, and regulations related to ICAM and of institutions, agencies and experts working on ICAM issues and topics was developed.
Marine ecosystem-based management requires a new generation of spatial planning tools to empower marine managers to implement best policies. Marine spatial planning is a public process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives that have been specified through a political process.