Sustainable management of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME)

“Towards sustainable management of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem" (CCLME) - Medium Size Project

Strategic combination of fisheries and ecosystem governance frameworks

The GEF investment in the CCLME started in 2005 with a preparatory phase that initiated the development of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the CCLME. The preparatory phase was followed by implementing the “Protection of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME)” project from 2010 to 2017. Under this project, the CCLME countries - Cabo Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, and the Gambia - prepared and endorsed a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) to address the degradation of the CCLME caused by overfishing, habitat modification, and changes in water quality. The SAP focuses on solutions and management actions for the CCLME that will result in a healthy ecosystem, sustainably managed, providing services and equitable benefits for human well-being by 2030. Implementation of the SAP will address the root causes of concern at various levels by removing key barriers and putting in place a suite of measures based on the implementation of an ecosystem approach to management that can affect real change to rebuild fish stocks, reverse habitat degradation and improve water quality. 

CCLME Countries


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23/11/2023 - 24/11/2023

After two years of activities since the official launch of the medium-sized project (MSP) "Towards the sustainable management of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) - initial support for the implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP)" and the first steering committee meeting held in November 2022, the third steering committee meeting is scheduled for 23 to 24 November ...

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25/09/2023 - 28/09/2023

The aim of this workshop is to examine the proposed recommendations on the consortium and partnership agreements and the multisectoral funding strategy with a view to their validation and adoption by the various stakeholders as part of the implementation of the CCLME's Strategic Action Plan.

The three main outcomes expected from th...

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Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Hybrid Event, 20/11/2023 - 22/11/2023

We are excited to announce the upcoming Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) Scientific Symposium. 

We kindly request you save the date for this significant event.

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Hybrid Event, 03/04/2023 - 05/04/2023

Fisheries research managers, sub-regional organisations and policy makers will meet to discuss the results (DEMERSTEM, GREPPAO, CECAF-PESCAO) and next steps.