LME:LEARN - Large Marine Ecosystems

Building Partnerships for the Environmental Protection and Management of the East Asian Seas

The objective of the project is to assist the riparian countries of the East Asian Seas to collectively protect and manage their heavily stressed coastal and marine environments through intergovernmental and intersectoral partnerships. These countries include the Republic of Korea which for the first time is a GEF recipient. Building upon the methodologies, approaches, typologies, networks and lessons learned from the pilot phase, the project would enhance and complement national and international efforts by removing or lowering critical barriers regarding policy, investment, capacity, which are having negative effects on the management of the coastal/marine environment in the region. Together with several waterbody-based projects in the area, these projects constitute GEF's programmatic approach to these coastal and marine waters with globally significant ecosystems that are experiencing sever degradation.

Project implementation commenced in February 2000. The project manager has been recruited and is expected to be on-board in late June. Other project staff positions are being recruited. The Programme Coordination Unit is being established.

Land-Based Sources/Coastal Zone


Indonesian Sea (LME) , Gulf of Thailand (LME) , Sulu-Celebes Sea (LME) , South China Sea (LME) , East China Sea (LME) , Yellow Sea (LME)

General information
GEF ID 597
Project type Full-Sized Project
Project Status Project Closure
Start Date 24 Nov 1999
End Date 01 Dec 2006
Project documents
Experience Note
Mid-term Evaluation
Terminal Evaluation
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 16,224,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 28,545,000
Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea Democratic People's Republic of, Korea Republic of, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, - Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Project contacts
Mr. Jean-Claude Sainlos (Senior Deputy Director of Marine Environment Divison)
Dr. Chua Thia-Eng (Chair Emeritus)
Mr. Stephen Adrian Ross (Executive Director)
Jed Saet (webmaster)
Mr. Jose Erezo Padilla (Regional technical Adviser(RTA))