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Ecosystem based fisheries management and ecosystem restoration in the Humboldt Current System
by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United Nations entity)
Remove barriers to the sustainable delivery of the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem goods and services by addressing the root causes affecting their provision: i) Sub-optimal fisheries exploitation and high levels of incidental fish capture (by-catch) and discards; and, ii) Anthropological alteration of the marine habitat.

Work will be carried out in the following areas:

-Recovering and maintenance at optimal population biomass levels of most fisheries resources while maintaining ecosystem health and productivity under climate change scenarios;
-Improving the environmental quality of the marine and coastal ecosystems via integrated management considering the various sources of pollutants;
-Restoring and maintaining the habitat and biodiversity of marine and coastal systems at sustainable levels
-Diversifying and adding value to Humboldt Current System fisheries and other sectoral uses by creating productive opportunities inside and outside the fisheries sector with people socially organized and integrated; and,
-Contributing to the populations food security and food safety.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
April 2020
The quality of fisheries products for local consumption is improved by a series of post-harvest safeguards
February 2021
Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) is implemented in both countries as a management tool in selected areas, to improve the integrated management of space
June 2020
The ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM) approach is in place and its use at all levels is fully understood in terms of improved ecosystem goods and service delivery under a range of climate change scenarios
May 2020
Fisheries products with increased value addition are developed and marketed.
In-kind contribution
79,500,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
8,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2018 - June 2023
United Nations Development Programme (lead entity); Global Environment Facility; Government of Chile (SUBPESCA, IFOP, SERNAPESCA) and Government of Peru (PRODUCE, IMARPE, MINAM, SERNANP, ANA); UNEP Regional Seas, IOC-UNESCO and World Bank (United Nations entities); ANEPAP, FUIPAP, COPMAR (civil society organizations); WWF, TNC, CI, SFP (NGOs); Walton Family Foundation, Inkaterra, Consorcio, TASA, Wong, CORPESCA, CIAM (private sector);
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
IFOP, IMARPE, local governments of Chile and Peru, fisherfolk organizations
Contact information
JOSE VICENTE TROYA, Regional Technical Advisor - Water & Oceans. UNDP Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, jose.troya@undp.org,
Panama City, PANAMA
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