Coastal Fisheries Initiative- Latin America

Project Objective: To Demonstrate Holistic, Ecosystem-Based Management and Improved Governance of Coastal Fisheries in the South-East Pacific.

The Coastal Fisheries Initiative in Latin America (CFI) project is implemented in Ecuador and Peru, where due to their high biodiversity and fishery resources, there are important fisheries, which have had an uncontrolled expansion driven mainly by an increase in market demand, open access policies and the lack or deficiency of regulations, surveillance or sanction. In response, CFI aims to demonstrate holistic, ecosystem-based management and improved management of coastal fisheries in the Southeast Pacific. The objective of the CFI Project is to demonstrate holistic ecosystem-based management and improve governance of Southeast Pacific coastal fisheries through the implementation of three components:

Component 1: improve enabling conditions for governance and explore ways to incorporate ecosystem-based management and sustainable fisheries in seven fisheries (five in Ecuador, two in Peru). In addition, the limiting factors faced by Peru's regional governments to manage artisanal fisheries are analyzed, and pilot actions for capacity building are implemented in the regional governments of Tumbes and Piura.

Component 2: acquire practical experience with tools and methods for marine and coastal spatial planning (MSP). For this, pilots are implemented in the Gulf of Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Sechura Bay (Peru), based on existing policy frameworks and experiences, the project explores ways to improve coastal and marine governance to balance multiple uses and interests with an ecosystem approach. Functional articulation between fisheries and marine and coastal protected areas will be a central element.

Component 3: is the main axis of the learning process and supports the Project's communities of practice. This component focuses on the exchange of experiences and best practices among key actors within each country, between both countries, and with CFI's global partners.

CFI in Latin America is implemented by the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), the Regional Governments of Tumbes and Piura (GORE Tumbes, GORE Piura), the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries (MPCIP) and the Sub Secretariat of Marine and Coastal Management (SGMC) in Ecuador, through its implementing partners WWF and Conservation International (CI) Ecuador. The project has the technical cooperation of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as the implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The CFI Latin America is part of the global program Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI), a partnership of six organizations (FAO, UNDP, WWF, UNEP, World Bank and Conservation International), which has been developed and funded within the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to safeguard the oceans and marine environment. The Program promotes a shift towards an integrated, inclusive and sustainable approach to fisheries management and development because, globally, coastal fisheries are threatened by several factors such as overfishing, habitat degradation and climate change, and the main barrier has been identified as the lack of strong governance. In response, CFI is implementing in Africa, Asia and Latin America through three local and regional projects.

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General information
GEF ID 9124
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Approved)
Start Date 14 des. 2016
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters, Biodiversity
GEF Allocation to project 6,588,991 USD
Total Cost of the project: 72,351,880.00 USD
Ecuador , Peru , Global , Regional

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Ana María Nuñez Regional Technical Specialist for Waters, Oceans, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Nature, Climate and Energy Team