This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
White Water to Blue Water
Government of United States of America - U.S. Department of State
Government of Canada
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - UK
World Conservation Union (IUCN) (Switzerland)
Conservation International (CI) (United States of America)
Environmental Defense (United States of America)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (United States of America)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (Chile)
UNESCO - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (France)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Italy)
UNEP Regional Seas - Caribbean Environment Programme (Jamaica)
UNEP/ Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) (Netherlands)
UNEP Regional Seas - South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Samoa)
International Maritime Organization (IMO) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Other intergovernmental organizations:
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (Guyana)
Organization of American States (OAS) (United States of America)
Consortium for Ocean Research and Education (CORE) (United States of America)
University of Delaware -Center for the Study of Marine Policy (United States of America)
University of Miami (United States of America)
University of Rhode Island (United States of America)
Description/achievement of initiative
The White Water to Blue Water Partnership designed to promote integrated watershed and marine ecosystem-based management in support of sustainable development, is underway in the wider Caribbean.
1. To increase coastal state and regional capacity for cross-sectoral approaches to management of watersheds and marine ecosystems.
2. To develop a framework for regional management programs that will promote a common vision, the efficient use of program resources, and address the entire scope of watershed and marine ecosystem management from forests to the sea.
3. To reverse the downward trend in fisheries.
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