(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Representatives from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre and the UK Hydrographic Office will this week attend the OECS Ocean Governance Team meeting in St Lucia.
The meeting is supported by the UK funded Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CMEP), now in its second year, which works with international partners like the OECS to promote and enable good governance and sustainable development of ocean resources throughout the Caribbean.
The CMEP programme was originally developed to address issues discussed by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2015: sound ocean governance and management will again be a major topic at this year’s Commonwealth Summit being held in London in April (#CHOGM2018).
The CMEP is unique in its aim: by providing valuable data SIDS are unable to access themselves, UK scientists can help unlock the marine potential shared by a large number of hard-to-reach Commonwealth countries to support their longer-term prosperity and their international maritime obligations.
By ensuring the marine resources that belong to Commonwealth SIDS are better understood and managed, the CME Programme can preserve their marine environments and harness their economic resources to support sustainable and growing marine economies in Commonwealth SIDS that create jobs, reduce poverty, ensure food security and build resilience.