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The CCLME project

The CCLME project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) together with co-financing from participating countries and other partners. Its total estimated budget is around USD 28 millions. FAO and UNEP act as GEF agencies for the project.


For more information on the project, see the CCLME Project Document and the preliminary TDA


FAO © L. Callerholm; Fish for sale. Noakchott, MauritaniaDuring the preparatory phase of the CCLME project, the participating countries and several development partners undertook a series of national consultations and regional meetings leading to a preliminary Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA). This preliminary TDA identified and analyzed specific priority transboundary concerns and actions to address them. The project was designed based on the outcomes of this analysis. The CCLME Project Document was submitted to GEF for endorsement in December 2008. The current phase of the project became fully operational in April 2010 and will last for five years.

The project consists of three main components (process; marine living resources; and biodiversity, habitat and water quality).

Key outcomes of the project will be:

  • Multi-country agreement on priority transboundary issues, governance reforms and investments to address priority transboundary issues;
  • A sustainable legal/institutional framework for the CCLME;
  • Strengthened existing transboundary waters institutions and regional policies and instruments;
  • Stakeholders’ involvement in transboundary waterbody priority setting and strategic planning, including 7 functioning National Inter-Ministry Committees;
  • Improved knowledge and capacity to address concerns on ‘Marine Living Resources’ and ‘Biodiversity, Habitat and Water Quality’;
  • Demonstrated management actions and related costs/benefits valuations addressing priority transboundary concerns.

A number of demonstration projects will be implemented in the participating countries to support the activities. These have been selected through a rigorous selection process during the preparatory phase of the project.


Regional Coordinating Unit
Dakar, Senegal
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

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