Strengthening Global Governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and Their Coasts through enhanced sharing and application of LME/ICM/MPA knowledge and information tools.

Lead country

Regional Centre - Istanbul

Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 17, 2016 to March 17, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  2. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  3. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks

Project ID: 4481

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)



  • Marine
  • Conserved areas


  • Coasts
  • Marine and coastal protected areas
  • Locally managed marine areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Adaptive governance
  • Partnerships
  • Institutional framework
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management
  • Integrated coastal zone management

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 14.2 Sustainably manage, protect, restore marine, coastal ecosystems
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks

Conventions and protocols

  • LME Conventions

Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic


Project description

A program to improve global ecosystem-based governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and their coasts by generating knowledge, building capacity, harnessing public and private partners and supporting south-to-south learning and north-to-south learning. A key element of this improved governance is main-streaming cooperation between LME, MPA, and ICM projects in overlapping areas, both for GEF projects and for non-GEF projects. This Full-scale project plans to achieve a multiplier effect using demonstrations of learning tools and toolboxes, to aid practitioners and other key stakeholders, in conducting and learning from GEF projects.

USD $2,575,000

Grant amount

USD $13,389,599

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,575,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Regional Centre - Istanbul

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