Permanent Mission of Belize/ CARICOM
Effective ocean governance is essential if ocean ecosystem goods and services are to be sustained for present and future generations. The Governments of Belize and Barbados, the Caribbean Community and the University of the West Indies presents a side event to explore how to strengthen ocean governance at the regional level drawing on lessons learned from regional ocean governance initiatives around the world. The side event will develop concrete recommendations for advancing good oceans governance as a cornerstone of sustainable development. The side event will also serve as a platform to announce the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Plus (CLME +) Partnership, a regional initiative that practically demonstrates how enhanced ocean governance can address the systemic problems impacting CARICOM namely habitat degradation, marine pollution and depletion of fish stocks.