March 15, 2017 – A workshop to support the development of the full project document and results framework for an Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) sub-project along the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem took place in Cayenne, French Guiana 10-11 March, 2017. The UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme as part of its co-executing responsibilities under the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project is responsible for supporting the implementation of an ecosystem based sub-project along the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. This sub-project will seek to achieve the following:
- Demonstrate Ecosystem Based Management at the local level in participating countries
- Support increased collaboration between the AMEP and SPAW Work Programmes under the Caribbean Environment Programme
- Support through the implementation of technical activities the Brazil- Cartagena Convention agreement for cooperation and coordination
- Test the CLME+ Regional Governance Framework
One of the outcomes of the workshop was the establishment of a partnership arrangement regarding increased collaboration between the participating countries (Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago), UN Environment Caribbean Environment, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Conservation International, WWF, the University of the West Indies – Centre for Resource Management & Environmental Studies and the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project Coordination Unit in working together to address the three transboundary issues of unsustainable fisheries, pollution and habitat degradation along the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.
Implementation of this sub-project is expected to start in the next few months with through a Project Inception Meeting.
Meeting participants included representatives from the following countries:- Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana) and organisations:- FAO, UN Environment CEP, SPAW Regional Activity Centre, WWF Suriname, Green Fund Suriname, Conservation International, University of West Indies, (Barbados and Trinidad campuses) Institute of Marine Affairs Trinidad and Tobago, and the CLME+ PCU and the consultant contracted to assist with the development of the Project Proposal.