The geographic scope of the full-sized GEF-funded CLME Project corresponds to 2 of the World's 64 Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs):
The participating countries in the CLME Project include the 23 GEF-eligible countries from the region (see the table and map below), together with the 2 "associated countries" Cuba* and Venezuela* (both of which are also GEF-eligible)
The project area also comprises of dependent territories from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, which are not direct beneficiaries from the GEF-grant, but whose collaboration with the CLME Project is encouraged.
What came before: the PDF-B Phase of the CLME Project
Preliminary analyses of transboundary problems in the CLME were already conducted prior to the start of the GEF-funded "Full-Size" CLME Project (2009-2013), under the so-called GEF PDF Preparaty Block B Grant (2006-2008).
For this purpose the CLME Region was subdivided in 3 sub-regions, and for each one of these regions a preliminary Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis was completed. These 3 sub-regions were:
Governance arrangements for marine
ecosystems of the Wider Caribbean Region
Regional Governance Framework Overview
Regional Governance Framework
There has been a diversity of efforts to further elaborate the Large Marine Ecosystem Governance Framework that underlies the design of the CLME Project and the work of this component. Explanations of the Framework and various related publications are available.
Access the CERMES LME governance framework website here
One of the activities involves interviewing policy makers and the advisors to determine their views on what inputs are needed for an effective ocean governance policy interface in the Wider Caribbean. The final report can be downloaded here.
A review of work on marine ecosystem valuation in the Wider Caribbean has been completed by Dr. Peter Schuhmann of University on North Carolina. This paper also describes a framework and process for pursuing a comprehensive a comprehensive regional valuation of marine ecosystem goods and services.
The key messages from this review have been summarized in a Policy Perspective entitled 'Economic value of goods and services from marine ecosystems in the Wider Caribbean: State of knowledge and next steps'. To access the report, please visit Cermes Website.
This work has led to engagement with key partners at the World Resources Institute who have been active in this area for some time through their Coastal Capital initiative.
Governance assessments are being carried out for a variety of living marine resource situations in the pilot projects and case studies using a methodology adapted for the CLME Project.
Drafts of some of these assessments can be viewed or downloaded using the links below: