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Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme: year 1 projects in the Caribbean

Information on CME Programme outputs providing marine data and capacity building in the Caribbean.

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CME Programme

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Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme Caribbean Workshop: Executive Summary

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St Vincent and the Grenadines CME Case Study

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Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017

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The Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme aims to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) within the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

The Programme will provide marine data and capacity building in all in scope SIDS. Specific outputs in the first year of the programme in the Caribbean will be:

  1. Hydrographic Action Plans for in scope SIDS providing an analysis of scientific data and existing local capacity to manage their marine environment, and a commitment from each government to use these in national economic development planning.
  2. Marine Environmental Action Plans and a commitment from each government to use these in national development planning. These plans will provide an analysis of environmental, scientific and sustainability priorities, and an assessment of the oceans management capacity of each country.
  3. A regional evaluation of the impact of climate change on the marine environment in the Caribbean, which will provide vital evidence for further analysis of the resulting socio-economic issues. 12 full scientific reviews are available in support of the Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017.
  4. Significantly improved hydrographic charting and data in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which will help facilitate trade and infrastructure development in a sustainable manner.
  5. Seabed habitat maps developed to inform marine conservation and sustainable aquaculture in Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Vanuatu.
  6. Fisheries science advice and capacity building to support Guyana’s ongoing Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for their key industrial seabob fishery. Completion of the FIP will prove the fishery’s sustainability and enable Guyana to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
  7. The development of sustainable aquaculture in Saint Lucia.
  8. Installation of radar technology tide gauges in Saint Lucia to monitor the impacts of climate change and contribute to the regional tsunami warning system, and training in use of sea-level data. Saint Lucia’s government will commit to using these new capabilities in planning coastal infrastructure and defences to existing critical infrastructure under threat from sea-level change.
Published 17 November 2016
Last updated 31 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added St Vincent and the Grenadines case study & report card.
  2. Uploaded the Executive Summary for the CME Caribbean workshop
  3. First published.