New resources: Marine Toolkits
A key element of improved ocean governance is mainstreaming cooperation and coordination between Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) projects with overlapping themes and geographic areas, both for GEF projects and for non-GEF projects.
The GEF LME:LEARN series of Marine Toolkits were developed to assist GEF funded projects, and others, working in marine related focal areas to improve their capacity to effectively prepare and manage their respective projects. These Marine Toolkits are targeted knowledge sharing and programmatic guidance products to support GEF Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) projects, as well as other GEF LME/ICM/MPA/MSP projects.
These Marine Toolkits address emerging priorities and new requirements for GEF marine and coastal projects and promote innovative approaches captured by harvesting and codifying experiences, best practices and lessons learned from the existing GEF LME, ICM, MPA and MSP projects.
All the toolkits were developed as a combination of both publication and online-interactive methodology, which when taken together, present hundreds of tools, including actual situations from all over the world where these approaches have been successfully used. In addition, each Toolkit includes numerous references, most of them available online for those who want to gain deeper knowledge into specific tools.
These Toolkits are available for use by LME, MPA, MSP and ICM practitioners, decision makers and for anyone interested in adopting better practices for the science and governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and their coasts.
They cover a wide range of themes that are of interest to LME and other marine managers. Each Toolkit is also a self-standing document, which covers its topic at the level of detail needed by its target audience. However, each section of the Toolkit describes a distinct method that is potentially relevant to management of LME/MPA/ICM/MSP/climate change adaptation. Users can move sequentially through each Toolkit or go directly to the sections that are relevant to their needs.