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Report of the Technical Review Meeting on the Gclme Strategic Action Programme and Suite of Indicators

The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) region encompassing the area between Guinea Bissau and Angola is ranked among the most productive coastal and offshore waters in the world. Approximately 40% of the region’s 300 million people live in coastal areas, many of whom are dependent on the lagoons, estuaries, creeks and inshore waters surrounding them for their livelihood and food security.

These marine and coastal areas, including their upstream freshwater regions, are at present affected by a number of anthropogenic activities: over-exploitation of fishery resources; impacts from the land-based settlements’ activities; industrial, agricultural and urban effluents and domestic sewage and other mining activities such as oil and gas exploration.

The sixteen countries of the GCLME have prepared a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the major perceived issues and problems and their roots causes. The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) is based on the findings of the TDA that represent a regional synthesis of major issues identified from National Reports and Regional Meetings.

Coupled with the TDA and SAP are a set of indicators which serve as important elements of the GEF OP 9 project. The basic indicators are:

  1. Productivity Indicators
  2. Fish and Fisheries Indicators
  3. Pollution and Ecosystem Health Indicators
  4. Socio-economic and Governance Indicators

Key elements of GCLME project implementation are actions that will lead to the further development of the Strategic Action Programme. It is against this background that the Interim Guinea Current Commission (IGCC) organized the Technical Review Meeting of the GCLME Strategic Action Programme and Suite of Indicators, at the Executive Secretariat of the IGCC, Accra, Ghana from 12-14 December, 2006.



The objectives of the Workshop were to discuss:

  1. The draft GCLME Strategic Action Plan
  2. The GCLME Indicators
  3. Opening

Delegates to the Meeting, including representatives of the Executing and Implementing Agencies, National Project Directors, International and National Experts in various disciplines, were welcomed by the Executive Secretary/Regional Director, Prof. Chidi Ibe.

The GCLME Project Manager, Dr. Chika Ukwe, reiterated UNIDO’s continued support towards the achievement of Project objectives.

The representative of UNEP, Mr. Takehiro Nakamura wished all delegates fruitful and interactive deliberations.

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