Fostering a Global Dialogue on Oceans, Coasts, and SIDS, and on Freshwater-Coastal-Marine Interlinkages
The proposed project will assist the developing countries, SIDS, and countries with economies in transition to:
1.Foster cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder dialogues, policy analyses, and public outreach on oceans, coasts and SIDS issues;
2.Promote the attainment of intergovernmental commitments and agreements, including the JPOI and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA);
3.Establish multi-sectoral dialogues, involving experts from developing countries, countries with economies in transition, and GEF LME projects in the policy analyses, public outreach and cross-learning between LME experiences and coastal and ocean management experiences;
4.Raise the awareness of and promote national ocean policies and ecosystem-based approaches to large marine ecosystems as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development of SIDS;
5.Improve interlinkages between freshwater, coastal and oceans issues by developing a relationship between the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands and the World Water Forum and associated institutions.
Project approved by UNEP 20 September 2005 and under implementation. Through a series of meetings and preparation of reports as input to the Global Forum, preparation for the Global Forum was carried out in January 2006. A number of reports on the SIDS capacity and ocean policy were produced and some more documents are under preparation that should be used for the forthcoming Global Ocean Forum scheduled for April 2008.