OSPESCA and CCAD signing the Memorandum of Understanding of the CLME+ SAP Interim Coordination Mechanism

Signing process of framework for enhanced collaboration among 8 Inter-Governmental Organizations working on the Caribbean Marine Environment initiated on July 7th.

OSPESCA and CCAD Executive Directors, Mr. Mario Gonzalez and Salvador Nieto, are the first to sign this critically important Memorandum of Understanding, by which the “Interim Coordination Mechanism for the Sustainable Management, Use and Protection of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” (CLME+ region) will become formally established.

Patrick Debels, Regional Coordinator of the CLME+ Project, in video conference with Salvador Nieto and Mario Gonzalez, respectively CCAD and OSPESCA Executive Directors, while siging the MoU – © OIRSA

The CLME+ SAP ICM, as the Mechanism is called in short, will become formally established once 5 of the member organizations have signed the MOU. The ICM contemplates the following 8 members: OSPESCA, CCAD, CARICOM Secretariat, CRFM, OECS, IOC of UNESCO, FAO-WECAFC and UN Environment CEP.

The momentum created by the UN Oceans Conference in New York, USA, and the World Oceans Day Celebrations hosted by the Government of Costa Rica in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, were instrumental in achieving a successful conclusion of the final negotiations among all Parties.

The establishment of this inter-sectoral coordination mechanism, an example for other parts of the world to follow, was facilitated by the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project (2015-2020). For more information on the CLME+ Partnership, please visit the following Web Portal: clmeplus.org.