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Implementation of Ten-point Plan of Action for Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries of German Development Cooperation
by Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (Government)
Healthy and productive marine and coastal ecosystems are crucial for food security, sustainable economic development, conservation of biological diversity and for tackling the effects of climate change in partner countries of German Development Cooperation. The Ten-point Plan of Action for Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries launched by BMZ in 2016 - draws together ten key activities the Ministry aims to address in its development cooperation with partner countries in the marine realm and serves as a guideline for engaging in and promoting new and innovative projects and partnerships.

Fields of action include the strengthening and expansion of marine protected areas; promotion of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and combatting IUU fishing; reduction of land-based marine littering, strengthening the resilience of coastal zones against the impacts of climate change; promoting partnerships for instance to strengthen private sector engagement, regional ocean governance or science-policy exchange.

For the period 2016-2017 BMZ plans to commit approx. 165 million Euros (approx. 180 million USD) to the implementation of the plan of action through development cooperation. Further resources mobilized towards the implementation of this commitment from 2018-2020 will be defined/reported on an annual basis. By doing so BMZ is also helping to implement key international policy goals and instruments such as the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the goals of the Framework Convention on Climate Change such as adaptation to climate change, and the Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter agreed under the German G7 Presidency
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): integrated waste management
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
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
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2017
More than 20 new projects or extension of ongoing projects commissioned
Financing (in USD)
180,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 1/2016 - 12/2017
Official German development cooperation is based on agreements between governments of the partner countries and the German government concluded in bilateral negotiations. BMZ delivers its development operations in close cooperation with national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations organisations and programmes, scientific institutions and the private sector.
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Partner countries of German development cooperation
Contact information
Matthias Krause, Dr., Matthias.Krause@bmz.bund.de, +49 228 99 535-3495
Bonn / Germany
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