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 (CLME+)

Project Objective: The CLME+ Project is a 5-year project (2015-2020) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project objective is facilitating EBM/EAF in the CLME+ for the sustainable and climate resilient provision of goods and services from shared living marine resources, in line with the endorsed CLME+ SAP.

It assists participating countries from two large marine ecosystems (LMEs) in improving the management of their shared Living Marine Resources through an Ecosystem-Based Management  approach:

  • the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem
  • the North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem

The combination of those two LMEs is referred to as the CLME+ region, bordered by over 35 States and Territories: the Caribbean & North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems. This vast marine area (4.4 million km2) is a major contributor to regional economic development and is key to many globally relevant ecological processes.

The CLME+ region is regarded as one of the most geopolitically diverse and complex sets of LMEs in the world. The culturally diverse countries and territories that border this maritime area range from among the largest (e.g. Brazil, USA) to among the smallest (e.g. Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis) and from the most developed to the least developed in the world.

Both the marine resources as well as key problems affecting these resources (overfishing, pollution, habitat degradation and climate change) are shared to a very large extent by the many territories that make up this region. Highly variable progress exists across the region with regard to ocean and living marine resources governance. Capacities for living marine resources management vary considerably at national, sub-regional and regional levels.

Large Marine Ecosystem

North Brazil Shelf (LME) , Caribbean Sea (LME)

Americas , Caribbean , Central America , SIDS (Americas) , South America , SIDS , Small island developing States

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General information
GEF ID 5542
Project type Full-Size Project
Status active (Project Approved)
Start Date 04 Mar 2015
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 12,500,000 USD
Total Cost of the project: 147,103,695.00 USD
YES - See results data (5542)
Antigua and Barbuda , Barbados , Belize , Brazil , Colombia , Costa Rica , Dominica , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Guatemala , Guyana , Haiti , Honduras , Jamaica , Mexico , Panama , Puerto Rico , Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Suriname , Trinidad and Tobago , United States , Virgin Islands U.S. , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Christian Severin Senior Environmental Specialist
Patrick Debels Regional Project Coordinator
Sherry Heileman Coordinatior of LMEs and Open Ocean components