UNEP, Regional Seas, UN Oceans, governments, NGOs, private sectors, other international organisations.
Description/achievement of initiative
(a) An interdisciplinary Partnership and Capacity Building Platform to support ecosystem-based management for sustainable development of oceans and coast established by 2014;
(b) Cross-sectoral policy frameworks with coherent objectives and management plans to support comprehensive ecosystem-based management of oceans and coasts drafted in five countries across the Regional Seas Programme by 2017.
The project will convene an interdisciplinary global partnership to advance sustainable development with a green economy lens linking economic, social and environmental policy planning and management responses. Strategic areas will include integrated marine and coastal management, ecosystem-based spatial planning, ecosystem service valuation, and 'green economies' principles with cross-sector arrangements. The partnership will develop, test and demonstrate innovative decision-support and planning tools and build in-country capacity on integrated policy formulation, and design and implementation of cross-sectoral management responses. The project will provide training, advice, technical support and demonstrations on multi-objective policy scenarios, target-setting and management planning. Specific focus areas includes spatial trade-off analyses to guide spatial planning and zoning of human activities in the coastal zone, and a new participatory approach to MPA governance combining top-down, bottom-up and market-based approaches. Demonstrations will include MPA networks designed through multi-objective spatial planning processes identifying and reconciling objectives and performance criteria of competing sectoral uses of ecosystem services. This will be approached through an adaptive cycle of ecosystem valuation; culturally appropriate processes of community involvement, a cyclic process of evaluation of achievements against objectives and review of implementation arrangements resolving cumulative and interactive human impacts.