XVIII Annual Consultative Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Partners and LME: LEARN Project Meeting

5-6 December 2016 - Paris, Fance

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its eighteenth international conference on Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (France) from 6-8 December 2016.
The primary objective of the Annual Meeting is to provide global forum for GEF-funded and other marine and coastal practitioners, leaders and institutions, aimed at sharing experiences and lessons with respect to ecosystem-based governance. The LME Annual Meeting contributes to the development of the LME Partnership by engaging marine, coastal management, biodiversity and coastal climate change adaptation project leaders in meeting that objective, in accordance with the recently established GEF LME:Learn project.

More specifically, the meeting aims at:

  • Fostering a mutually supportive global network of leaders and institutions engaged in marine and coastal ecosystem based management by providing a forum for project (LME , ICM, MPA, MSP, others) leaders to discuss experiences and lessons learned;
  • Mobilizing knowledge resources, new scientific applications and tools to support project implementation and organizational action related to priority knowledge topics;
  • Reviewing marine and coastal project progress in regions, disseminating best practices amongst projects, and discussing emerging issues requiring common responses; and
  • Sharing lessons learned from existing efforts with regard to the LME Governance project priorities (i.e. regional networks, capacity building training and twinning) and identify future priorities to help guide the implementation of the project.


The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the contribution of GEF and other marine projects to the implementation of the Agenda 2030, particularly SDG 14 as well as other SDGs, in light of the forthcoming UN Conference on SDG 14 implementation to take place in June 2017. The Annual Meeting will be preceded by the LME:Learn Project Meeting, to take place on 5 – 6 December 2016. The aim of this meeting is to convene three working groups of the project (Governance, Ecosystem Based Management, and Data and Information Management) and to initiate work towards implementing respective project activities. This meeting will be attended by a limited group of participants (working group members and selected project managers). While working group membership is by invitation, other participants are welcome to attend sessions as observers.

Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer for the Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme, will  be participating in discussions relating to the Caribbean region and also on Data and Information in support of the CLME+ project.

The agenda can be downloaded here.  For more information please visit: http://en.unesco.org/events/xviiith-annual-large-marine-ecosystems-meeting