LME:LEARN - Large Marine Ecosystems

Meeting Homepage - Cape Town 2017

LME:LEARN will be soon organizing the Meeting, Building International Partnership to Enhance Science Based Ecosystem Approaches in Support of Regional Ocean Governance in the Context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, generously hosted by the Government of South Africa.

The Meeting will take place over the 27 November -  28 Novemberr 2017 period at the Volvo Ocean Race facilities in the city of Cape Town, South Africa (as well as other venues)The 19th Annual Large Marine and Coastal Partners Meeting will follow from 29 November - 1 December. 

The goal of the Meeting is to enhance cross-sectoral, science based ecosystem approaches in support of regional ocean governance by strengthening coordination and collaboration between/ among Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) programmes, Regional Seas Programmes and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.   

The Meeting aims to guide consolidated efforts in multiple regions, with the support of various international organizations, to manage different aspects of shared marine ecosystems. It will cover, in particular, experience sharing examples and best practices of existing collaboration between Large Marine Ecosystem programmes, Regional Seas Conventions and Actions Plans, Regional Fisheries Agreements and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs); exploring how regional institutions and projects are utilising science to support countries in implementing ecosystem approaches as well as how that will support the 2030 Agenda and associated Sustainable Development Goals (targets and indicators); and identifying partnerships at the regional level between all initiatives, including MPA, MSP, ICM, fisheries and climate change adaptation initiatives to strengthen regional ocean governance.

The Cape Town meeting will be a direct follow-on and answer to the calls for implementation of commitments, which emanated from the June 2017 SDG Conference in New York. The Cape Town meeting aims to guide consolidated efforts by countries, with the support of various international organizations, to manage different aspects of shared marine ecosystems.

About 150 participants are expected to attend the conference, including leaders from government ministries, project managers, private sector, civil society, donor agencies and LME: LEARN partner agencies. Please note that, owing to capacity constraints, this Meeting is by invitation only.

The Meeting is a product of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) LME:LEARN project and is being organized by the GEF, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.