Lesser Antilles Pelagic Ecosystem (LAPE) project
The project GCP/RLA/140/JPN (Scientific Basis for Ecosystem-based Management in the Lesser Antilles Including Interactions with Marine Mammals and Other Top Predators) has lasted 5 years, from 2002 to 2007, and addressed one of the challenges related to the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries.
More commonly referred to as the Lesser Antilles Pelagic Ecosystem Project, or LAPE project, it developed the scientific basis (data, models and recommendations) to support future management plans for an ecosystem approach to sustainable and responsible utilization of pelagic resources. The project also assisted participating countries in developing research and management capacity with the requisite skills necessary for ecosystem assessment and to support responsible and sustainable ecosystem management. Additionally, the scientific information and understanding from the LAPE project can inform emerging global and regional ecosystem issues such as the effect of climate change on ecosystems or the impact changes in long-term abundance of top predators like cetaceans, sharks and others.
This website aims to put in evidence the objectives of the projects, the related activities and obtained results, highlighting and making widely available studies, publications and tools originated by this project.
The project was funded by the Fisheries Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of Japan.