PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia assumed the Chairmanship of the CLME+ Project Steering Committee meeting (PSC) at the first Inception Workshop held in Colombia from January 26-28, 2016.
This Chairmanship is expected to be for 1 year until the next PSC meeting is convened. Mr. Thomas Nelson Acting Chief Fisheries Officer attended the forum in Columbia when the chairmanship was bestowed on Saint Lucia.
The objectives of the 1st CLME + PSC Meeting were to:
-Review and adopt the CLME+ Project Work Plan and Budget for the period 2015 – 2017
-Adopt the proposed TORs for CLME+ Project National Focal Points and Steering Committee, including the proposed Rules and Procedures for the PSC meetings
-Review activities implemented during CLME+ Project Inception Phase
-Review and adopt proposed coordination and management arrangements for the CLME+ Project and the 10-¬year CLME+ Strategic Action Programme (SAP)
The UNDP/GEF Project “CLME+: Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” (GEF ID5542; 2015-2020) is a 5-year project that aims to facilitate the implementation of a 10-year, politically endorsed Strategic Action Programme on the marine environment.
The project seeks to achieve this by enabling a progressive transition to ecosystem based management and an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EBM/EAF) in the region, in such a way that a sustainable and climate-resilient provision of goods and services from living marine resources can be secured.
Given its geographic scope and comprehensive nature, the Project is uniquely positioned to address the root causes of environmental degradation, in particular the gaps and weaknesses in trans-boundary and cross-sectoral governance arrangements.
The project will assist stakeholders in achieving improved coordination, collaboration and integration among the wide array of ongoing and newly planned projects and initiatives that are of relevance to the broader objectives of the CLME+ SAP.