International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Subactivity B2.2: Exchanges among Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) projects

PAL: IUCN Global Marine Programme

OTHER PARTNERS: NOAA, University of Rhode Island, UNEP Regional Seas Programme, participating GEF LME projects, Francois Odendaal Productions (video)


This activity aims to enhance the implementation of freshwater, marine and coral reef subsets of the GEF IW portfolio by increasing the overall capacity of managers, transferring capacity from within these portions and with outside partners, and strengthening communication and learning exchanges across networks of GEF IW managers managing similar ecosystem types. A blended learning approach will be used to promote ongoing sharing of experiences among each of these communities. Some demand-driven training elements may also be incorporated.


Year Goals/Outputs Status/Notes
1 LMEs exchanges launched 2 multi-month e-forums (2005Q2 and Q4) and face-to-face exchanges at IW Conference (2005Q2)
2 LME exchanges both launched (or continuing) 5-day LME Governance and Socioeconomics Workshop (2006Q1)
2-day workshop on Economic Valuation for LME management (2007Q3)
3-day workshop on Payments for Ecosystem services (2008Q2)
Also note:
  • 100% co-financed annual gatherings of LME projects in Paris
  • 100% co-financed international LME meeting in Qindao, China (late 2007)
3 Exchange presents findings at IWC4 Incorporated into re-designed IWC4 (see IW:LEARN Activity C2)
4 Learning products on IW-IMS Handbook on Governance and Socioeconomics of Large Marine Ecosystems published (2006Q3)
Note also: LME Video, created with in-kind insights and quality assurance from LME partners here.