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Piloting of an Ecosystem-based Approach to Uruguayan Coastal Fisheries

Project Objective: the goal of the proposed “Ecosystem-based Approach to Living Aquatic Resources Management” Medium Size Project (MSP) is to transform the utilization of Uruguay’s fisheries resources into sustainable production systems through the integration of ecosystem-related principles and concepts into national legal and planning frameworks that in turn, would contribute to a reduction in the loss of biodiversity and an increase in social well-being. The proposed development objective (PDO) is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country’s fisheries through: (i) reorganization and modernization of DINARA’s institutional structure; (ii) implementation of a robust system of fisheries management based on the application of an ecosystem based approach to fisheries (EAF) and best available knowledge; and (iii) development of a National Plan for the Development and Management of Artisanal Fisheries in Uruguay (NPDMAF) to include new institutional management arrangements (co-management). The proposed MSP’s global environmental objective (GEO) is to reduce impacts on ecosystem “health” and contribute to increases in the conservation of biodiversity through promoting a shift in Uruguay’s management of its coastal fisheries from an approach focused on single-species to one that reflects ecosystem-based fishery management (EAF) principles. The MSP is proposed as a project that will be fully “blended” with Uruguay’s on-going National Fisheries Modernization Program (NFMP).


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General information
GEF ID 3410
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status closed (Completed)
Start Date 21 Oct 2009
End Date 03 Mar 2016
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area Biodiversity
GEF Allocation to project 950,000 USD
Total Cost of the project: 3,782,200.00 USD

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Project contacts
Mark Zimsky Biodiversity Team Leader