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Project structure

Roles and responsibilities of the main institutions involved in the CCLME project

The CCLME project is jointly implemented by FAO and UNEP. FAO is responsible for overall implementation and for executing components 1 and 2 of the project as well as parts of Component 3, while UNEP is the main responsible agency for component 3 (see About the project). The activities are implemented in close collaboration with the SRFC (component 1 and 2) and the Abidjan Convention Secretariat (component 3).

The CCLME Regional Coordinating Unit is based in Dakar, Senegal, and is responsible for the coordination of the project and the implementation of the work plan, both at regional and national levels.

yellow - implementing and executing agencies; blue - regional project coordination; red - national project coordination

In addition, a no cost Project Executive Committee will be set up, composed of the two Implementing agencies, one or two country representatives (to be selected by the Steering Committee and rotated on a yearly basis), the Regional Coordinator and the two thematic component leaders, and any other invitees on an ad-hoc as needed basis. The Project Executive Committee will meet on a regular basis at side events to Steering Committee and other project meetings, and/or will have regular telephone conferences every three months and will review the progress achieved by the project and provide recommendations.

The Project Steering Committee

  • provides general oversight and overall guidance to the RCU in the implementation of the project
  • ensures all project outputs are in accordance with the CCLME project brief
  • reviews project progress and provides recommendation on annual work plans
  • facilitates the mainstreaming of relevant project findings and recommendations into national policy

Its members include:

  • One high-level representative from each of the seven project countries (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea). NTCs will participate as resource persons.
  • One representative each from FAO, UNEP, the SRFC and Abidjan Convention secretariats.
  • Representatives from other collaborating institutions such as ATLAFCO, IUCN, NOAA, NEPAD, CECAF, PRCM, IMR and the World Bank are invited as observers on an ad hoc basis.

The National Inter-Ministry Committees (NICs)

  • support national participation in project implementation and ensure an integrated approach across sectors
  • support and assist the NPFPs and NTCs as necessary in carrying out their functions
  • approve the annual national project work plan
  • facilitate the provision of official data as required for project implementation
  • facilitate official participation in national implementation
  • ensure government feedback on project activities and outputs
  • help development approval and adopt National Action Plans under the SAP
  • structure, functioning and meetings of NICs
  • ensure adequate communication on national and regional activities to all stakeholders

Their members include:

  • National Project Focal Points (NPFPs) and National Technical Coordinators (NTCs) will act as secretariats (National Coordinating Units)
  • Representatives from key ministries directly concerned with the issues addressed by the project

National Coordinating Units (NCUs)

  • act as secretariats to the NICs

Their members include:

  • National Project Focal Points (NPFPs) and National Technical Coordinators (NTCs)

Role of National Project Focal Points (NPFPs)

  • Represent their country for the purpose of the CCLME project implementation
  • Ensure the role of principal liaison with National GEF Operational Focal Points
  • Represent their country in the Project Steering Committee
  • Chair the NIC and call its meetings
  • Monitor and support the work of  NTCs
  • Call national for a of stakeholders as required during project implementation
  • Obtain the NIC’s approval and submit national feedback on regional reports
  • Obtain the NIC’s approval and submit national feedback on project national work plans, the TDA and the SAP
  • Ensure adequate communication on national and regional activities to all stakeholders.

Role of National Technical Coordinators (NTCs)

  • Organise national stakeholders’ consultations, ensuring each stakeholders’ group is represented
  • Prepare the draft national contribution to the TDA and SAP
  • Serve as the national technical delegate in the conduct of the regional TDA exercise
  • Coordinate the collection of national feedback on project activities and outputs (national and regional reports, TDA, SAP)

The Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU)

  • has the overall responsibility of administration, implementation and budget of project activities
  • prepares and implements project work plans
  • develops and maintains appropriate liaison with the executing agencies of each participant country and key intergovernmental bodies
  • plans and organizes necessary meetings and workshops
  • prepares necessary project reporting

The Marine and Coastal Forum

The biennial Marine and Coastal Forum established by PRCM, will serve as a forum for debating the development of a Strategic Action Plan by the CCLME project.


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

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