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LME21: Building Partnership Around LMEs for Sustainable Development in Support of the Agenda 2030

18-20 Sept 2019
Home page for the 21st Annual Large Marine Ecosystem Consultation

Provisional agenda

Goal of the meeting

To provide global forum for GEF-funded and other marine and coastal practitioners (LME, MPA, MSP, ICM, LMMA), leaders and institutions, Regional Seas organisations; and Fisheries Bodies, aimed at sharing experiences and lessons and forging alliances and collaboration for ecosystem-based ocean governance and management, in pursuance of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals. The Annual Consultation Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Partners contributes to the development of LME-centered Partnerships by engaging marine, coastal management, biodiversity and coastal climate change adaptation project leaders in meeting that objective.

Objectives of the Meeting

  • Foster a mutually supportive global network of leaders and institutions engaged in marine and coastal ecosystem-based management by providing a forum for project (LME, ICM, MPA, MSP, others) leaders to discuss experiences and lessons learned;
  • Mobilize knowledge resources, new scientific applications and tools to support the implementation of LME and marine projects and organizational action related to priority knowledge topics;
  • Review marine and coastal project progress in regions, disseminating best practices, and discussing emerging issues requiring common responses;  
  • Share lessons learned from existing efforts with regard to the GEF LME: LEARN project (i.e. regional networks, capacity building training and twinning) and to identify future priorities; and
  • Strengthen regional ocean governance mechanisms through enhanced collaboration between Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) programmes, Regional Seas Programmes and Regional Fisheries Bodies (including Regional Fisheries Management Organizations).  

More specifically, the LME21 meeting will aim, inter alia, to:

  • Mobilize partners to enhance the LME community’s efforts towards implementation of SAPs as well as implementation of the Agenda 2030’s SDG14 targets;
  • Discuss the programme of work (roadmap) of LME consultative meetings for the medium term period;
  • Re-think the TDA-SAP process in order to transform it from an almost exclusively “problem-solving” mechanism to the “leveraging opportunities” investment framework.

Expected Outputs

  • Validated medium term roadmap of LME annual consultative meetings;
  • Validated Regional Oceans Governance Platform’s Terms of Reference;
  • Proposed agenda topics, time and place of the 22nd LME Consultation meeting in 2020; and
  • Agreed strategy for the LME COP participation at the 2020 UN Oceans Conference.







Opening session

Welcome, objectives, keynote speech


Partnerships: Joint session with the 1st CLME+ Partnership Forum 

A quick review of LME-related partnerships and their achievements

The 1st CLME+ Partnership Forum: achievements and way forward

Forging and consolidating LME-based partnerships: role of the LME CoP



Implementation of SDGs

Rethinking TDA/SAP approach: from “problem-solving” to “leveraging-opportunities-to-solve problems” in the context of SDGs

Governance Effectiveness Assessment Framework: Introduction

Focusing on SDG14 targets maturing in 2020


Technical site visit



Partners Mobilization

What makes the portfolio of LME projects bankable

Mobilization of resources for LMEs’ contribution to 2030 Agenda: Strategy and expectations

Shark Tank: climate change, blue/ocean economy, disaster risk reduction, gender issues…


Advancing ocean science and applications

Cumulative stressors

Marine social science

Human health dimension in LMEs

Targeted Scenario Analysis

Closing session

Regional Ocean Governance: Presentation and discussion

Medium term LME Consultation Meetings Roadmap