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Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Latin America Project


Demonstrating holistic ecosystem based management and improved governance of coastal fisheries in the Southeast Pacific

The Coastal Fisheries Initiative in the Southeast Pacific Ocean is a joint endeavour of the fisheries and environment authorities of Ecuador and Peru. Both countries share the rich biodiversity and fisheries resources of the transition zone between the Humboldt and the Pacific Central-American Coastal large marine ecosystems. In this area, there are important fisheries for large and small pelagic fish and demersal resources. However catches have declined and there is strong need to improve fisheries management.

The project will focus on strengthening the governance of fisheries and marine and coastal areas and will aim to build synergies between fisheries and marine protected areas. The three major areas of work are:

  • To explore forms to mainstream ecosystem-based and collaborative fisheries management and to enhance governance. For this purpose, work will focus on a range of important fisheries: mahi mahi, hake, shrimps, mangrove crabs and cockles, and pole and line tuna.
  • To gain hands-on experience with tools and methods for marine spatial planning. Two areas have been selected, the Sechura Bujjjay in Peru and the outer section of the Gulf of Guayaquil in Ecuador. Building on the existing frameworks and experience, the project will explore forms to enhance coastal and marine governance to balance multiple uses and interests in the context of and ecosystem approach. The functional articulation between fisheries and marine and coastal protected areas will be a central element of the work.
  • To share learnings at local, national and international levels, and to mainstream them into improvements to the existing systems to set the enabling conditions for further improvements into sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation.
  • The project will be implemented by UNDP in collaboration with Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Conservation International (CI) over 5 years with a budget of $6.5 million USD contribution from the GEF and an additional 42.5 million in co-financing.