Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities

Lead country

New York - GEF

Participating countries

Ecuador, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Philippines

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 13, 2016 to August 18, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  2. 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions
  3. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Project ID: 4754

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Climate resilient integrated water resource & coastal area management
  • Sustainable management of oceans in a changing climate


  • Marine


  • Large marine ecosystem

Transformed sector(s)

  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Governance
  • Finance economy
  • Food and agricultural commodities


  • Institutional framework
  • Partnerships
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Conventions and protocols

  • LME Conventions

Private sector(s)

  • Large corporations

Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Overexploitation of marine fisheries is a major global issue and a key driver of changes in the marine environment. Excessive fishing is caused by a variety of inter-acting factors, including the growing global demand for seafood. This project contributes to address key aspects of the market forces that drive overfishing. The project will add to the transformation of the seafood market by mainstreaming sustainability in the value chain of important commodities from developing countries, improving emerging tools such as corporate sustainable purchase policies, sustainable marine commodities platforms, and fisheries improvement projects (FIP), developing national capacities, and generating learning to be shared worldwide. The project will allocate GEF resources strategically to (1) engage major seafood buyers in the main world markets (EU, Japan, US) into responsible sourcing, providing tools to prepare and implement sustainable seafood sourcing policies, (2) adapt the concept of green commodities platforms (currently used in agriculture) to the seafood value chain, implement public-private sustainable marine commodities platforms in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia and Philippines to generate experience that could be used in other countries, (3) support the stakeholders of these platforms to develop practical experience with fisheries improvement projects and upgrade existing tools for FIP implementation and monitoring, and (4) upgrade existing information platforms to facilitate access to reliable material to value chain stakeholders in support of sound decision making, and to consolidate project learning and best practices to be disseminate. The project target fisheries include tuna, mahi mahi (dorado) and other pelagic fish in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; tuna in the Western Pacific Ocean; Small Pelagic in Ecuador; Filipino octopus; and blue swimming crab fisheries in Indonesia and The Philippines. The project is an inter-regional intervention. Market engagement and knowledge management are global components. The sustainable marine commodities platforms and FIPs will be implemented, using a participatory approach, in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia and Philippines.


To mainstream sustainability into seafood supply chains through market and policy mechanisms and partnerships with the overarching goal of rebuilding and protecting fish stocks and livelihoods.

USD $5,650,000

Grant amount

USD $34,550,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($5,650,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Philippines

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