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Integrated Assessment and Management of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem - Results

GEF IDS: 1346



Information sources
GEF 4 Tracking Tool (2010), IWC6 Results Note (2011)

Key Basin Project Results
1.Transboundary issues analyzed and priorities defined (Revised TDA available and agreed upon by both countries).
2.LME-wide ecosystem-based management approaches encouraged and strengthened through the successful implementation of the Pilot Projects (Pilot Projects all implemented and delivered on schedule).
3.Effective project coordination (Project team is effectively coordinating the project and meeting the objectives).

Results data
Restored habitat, including wetlands
Year: N/A - Value: 100 ha
• Established hydrological restoration methods and indicators with 100 ha of mangrove being restored in Terminos Lagoon in close collaboration with local, federal and state stakeholders, local capacity building and community empowerment enhanced.

Erosion and accretion conditions of coastal areas in the Laguna de Terminos assessed.
Conserved/protected wetland, MPAs, and fish refugia habitat
Year: N/A - Value: [see desc]
Preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for the establishment of a network of Marine Protected Areas.

Land use change in the pilot project area Terminos Lagoon assessed and information and tools provided to update the Marine Protected Area management plan
Reduced fishing pressure
Year: N/A - Value: [see desc]
Recovered depleted species through an ecosystem based management approach, focusing mainly on the shrimp fisheries.

Fish stock and habitat assessment

• Reduced fishing pressure through the promotion of alternative livelihoods such as ecotourism (marine mammals and bird watching) and other diversified sustainable activities in marine and coastal areas.

An ecosystem-based fisheries model is under construction to propose best fishing management measures.
Catchment protection measures
Year: N/A - Value: [see desc]
• Watershed networking established with federal, state and academia partners in main watersheds draining to the Gulf of Mexico in order to reduce contaminants and pollutants.
Establishment of country-specific inter-ministerial committees
Year: N/A - Value: YES
• Promotion and follow-up of transboundary issues (such as addressing the MC 252 DWH oil spill) through active participation in the Inter-ministerial Commission for Oceans and Coasts (CIMARES).
Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Year: N/A - Value: NO
Regional Management Institutions
Year: N/A - Value: NO
National/Local reforms
Year: N/A - Value: YES
Best management practices and code of conduct for responsible fisheries implemented. (IWSP1, Regional, national, and local policy, legal, and institutional reforms adopted)

Recovered depleted species through an ecosystem based management approach, focusing mainly on the shrimp fisheries.

Number of agreenents defined betwen GoM programme and relevant river basin counterparts for nutrient reduction strategies

Monitoring reports of reduced levels of nutrient releases at demo sites.
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis: Agreement on transboundary priorities and root causes
Year: N/A - Value: YES
Development of Strategic Action Program (SAP)
Year: N/A - Value: YES