A New Imperative for Improving Management of Large Marine Ecosystems

Duda, A.M. and K. Sherman

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This paper describes GEF supported processes being used to assist them in adopting a science- driven, ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities affecting coastal and marine ecosystems and linked freshwater basins. At risk are renewable goods and services valued at $10.6 trillion per year. A total of10 LME projects involving 72 countries have been approved by the GEF Council, and another 7 LMEs involving 54 countries have GEF international waters projects under preparation. A five-module assessment and management methodology is being tested that moves the countries toward adopting practical joint governance institutions through place-based management. This LME approach engages stakeholders, fosters the participation of the science community, and leads to the development ofadaptive management institutions. Comprehensive initiatives in four LMEs are described.

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Ocean & Coastal Management