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Implementation of an integrated approach to coastal and marine ecosystems for sustainable blue growth in the Southeast Pacific (SPINCAM Project Phase 3)
by Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) (United Nations entity)
The aim of SPINCAM 3 is to develop a harmonized coastal and marine environmental management framework for the beneficiary countries in the Southeast Pacific, thereby providing the right tools to apply the ecosystem approach in their national waters, while also providing a foundation for planning sustainable economic development (blue growth) through inter-institutional capacity-building, which will translate into concrete recommendations and strategies at the regional level.

SPINCAM 3 proposes a sustainable and integrated model for marine spatial planning (MSP) and sustainable blue growth for the region requiring a greater knowledge of the coast and the ocean, by improving access to information and highly promoting stakeholders participation.
The Southeast Pacific countries pledged to make every effort needed to address pollution from land and marine sources through the Lima Convention, and also to protect and preserve the fragile, vulnerable or unique natural or cultural value of ecosystems through the proper management of marine protected areas.

MSP will undoubtedly ensure effective and sustainable management of activities in the Southeast Pacific through the institutional recommendations that are envisaged as final outcomes of this project.

The SPINCAM 3 consortium is made up of the main financial donor to the project, the Government of Flanders of the Kingdom of Belgium and the coordinating partners, which are, at the international level, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and, at the regional level, the Permanent Commission for the Southeast Pacific (CPPS), as well as the national institutional and technical representatives of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru, known as national and technical focal points.

In addition, the IOC-UNESCOs Project Office in Ostend (Kingdom of Belgium), which coordinates the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), is considered a partner of the project. IODE also coordinates the OceanTeacher Global Academy, the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN), the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), OceanExpert and OceanDocs projects.
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
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
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
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
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Action plan for Institutional Capacity Development in support of Member States contribution to Agenda 2030 implementation.
Joint roadmap for public and socio-economic players participation considering the synergies and differences between socio-economic activities and coastal and marine environments in the Southeast Pacific region.
National and regional identification and classification of marine and coastal ecosystems and its services, including a diagnostic report of the needs of end users in terms of data and information requirements in support of the sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems.
National and regional recommendations for marine spatial planning toward sustainable blue growth.
In-kind contribution
Financing (in USD)
880,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/06/2017 - 30/06/2021
Comisin Permanente del Pacfico Sur (CPPS) / Intergovernmental Organization Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile / Government Ministry of Environment of Chile / Government Ministry of Environment and Sustainability of Colombia / Government INVEMAR Research Institute Colombia / Government Ministry of Environment of Ecuador / Government Ministry of Environment of Panama / Government Ministry of Environment of Peru / Government Marine Institute of Peru / Government Navy of Peru (DHN) / Government Government of Flanders (Belgium) / Government
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Neighboring countries and large marine ecosystems in the region.
Contact information
Alejandro Iglesias Campos, Programme Specialist , a.iglesias-campos@unesco.org,
Paris, France
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