GRID-Arendal’s Sustainable Seas capacity development programme aims to contribute to the development of relevant products and tools for Integrated Marine Management as well as the support of processes such as regional marine assessments, marine spatial planning and marine environmental indicator implementation.
The different modules and project activities will be developed in cooperation with Norwegian and international experts with an additional focus on securing South-South knowledge, lessons and experience exchange.
The Sustainable Seas programme will result in the development of a regional network of Sustainable Seas Facilities.
These centers will facilitate Integrated Marine Management by:
supporting a national network of stakeholders
regional exchange of data and information
exchange of expertise
communicating on marine and coastal zone related issues
participating in global processes (UN Regular Process (World Ocean Assessment), Convention on Biological Diversity, UNCLOS)
enabling a regular cycle of products, tools and processes for Integrated Marine Management
In June 2012, GRID-Arendal, under the auspices of the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention (West Africa Regional Sea), hosted an exploratory workshop dedicated to identifying capacity building needs and priorities for the development of the capacity building programme. The report from the workshop is available here
. The priorities identified are being used as input (‘building blocks’) for the development of a programme proposal with technical projects together with partner organisations.
State of the Marine Environment (SOME) reporting was identified as one of these building blocks. GRID-Arendal, UNEP and the Abidjan Convention have therefore together organised a workshop on State of the Marine Environment reporting, which took place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, from 31 October to 3 November 2013. The workshop was based on a methodology for rapid ocean assessment, and produced a regional assessment of the status of the marine environment for the region of the Guinea Current. It will also produce national level State of the Marine Environment reports for a pilot group consisting of five states – the Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia and Sierra Leone.