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Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme
by United Kingdom (Government)
The United Kingdom commits to delivering a package of measures that will help to provide Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions with accurate hydrographic and scientific date relating to their marine environment, as well as training and capacity building for national bodies involved in the research and management of marine resources, to enable them to use the data to promote economic growth and development. The information collected will be used to inform the development of national plans for the marine economy, allowing SIDS to develop economies and livelihoods based on sustainably managed marine resources and to mitigate associated environmental and economic risks in a strategic manner.

Utilising world leading UK expertise, the CME Programme aims to ensure marine resources in Commonwealth SIDS are better understood and managed, enabling the diversification of economies by opening up new Ocean Economy opportunities; making all Ocean Economy activities sustainable; making infrastructure and human capital resilient to disaster and climate change; building SIDS capacity to plan, manage and maximise their marine spaces. The Programme recognises the importance of social factors in the sustainable management of marine resources, particularly poverty and gender inequality and also the ongoing work of other countries, national, regional, and international organisations.

The Programme supports the former Prime Ministers commitment at the 2015 Commonwealth Summit to use UK capabilities to support Commonwealth SIDS in making the most of their natural maritime advantages.
Progress reports
July 2017
Provision of Maritime Economy Reports for each SIDS, providing analysis of hydrographic, scientific and sustainability priorities. The reports also contain an assessment of the ocean management capacity of each SIDS.
June 2017
Delivery of a Climate Change Report for Caribbean providing evidence on how climate change is affecting different aspects of SIDS environments, economies and societies. The report describes the impacts of climate change on e.g. fish, fisheries, livelihoods, habitats, industrial development and tourism etc. These will enable Caribbean Governments of the SIDS to understand the impacts of climate change and adjust their environmental, socio-economic development and industrial policies in an informed manner.
June 2017
Hydrographic charting, data collection and seabed habitat mapping around Grenada and St Vincent & the Grenadines. The data collected for the project (both hydrographic and environmental) enabled the production of bathymetry charts and habitat maps for both St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. These charts and maps enable commitments to SOLAS and manage their marine resources more effectively. St Vincent intends to create a Marine Protected Area on the west coast of the island and these maps will directly support implementation and management of this.
June 2017
Scientific knowledge, capacity building and transfer of marine technology: use of marine environmental data to address pollution and climate change impacts, facilitated by provision of novel sensor technology, provides the Government of the Seychelles the capacity to monitor and mitigate the impacts at a local and regional scale. Likewise the provision of sea level radar equipment and training in the use of the data in St Lucia supports the development of coastal infrastructure and policy, whilst also contributing to the regional tsunami warning system.
Financing (in USD)
1,073,064 USD
Financing (in USD)
7,511,309 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Cabinet Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office provide oversight and policy expertise. In addition the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2016 - To be confirmed
Cabinet Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Solomon Islands
Other beneficaries
Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean
Contact information
Richard Oppenheim, Deputy Director and Commonwealth Envoy Commonwealth Summit 2018, Richard.oppenheim@cabinetoffice.gov.uk , +44 (0)20 7008 2244
London, England
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