• 2nd edition of the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

  • Adapt or “die”: a climate change challenge for African cities

    ADDIS ABABA, 20 Oct - African countries have been advised to cooperate in adapting now to the ravages of climate change or face the harsh consequences of inaction that would befall large numbers of the continent’s 967 million people .
  • Environment ministers in Guinea Current area agree on a permanent body to manage ecosystem

    ACCRA 2 July – Environment Ministers of 16 West and Central African countries agreed Friday to the creation of the Guinea Current Commission and accepted Ghana’s offer to host the new regional body.
  • African scientists to survey South Gulf of Guinea waters in science-based effort to ensure sustainable management of Guinea current fisheries

    By Olu Sarr PORT-GENTIL, Gabon 18 June – The Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen has set sail from Port-Gentil, Gabon, with 13 African scientists and their Norwegian counterparts
  • Mid-term review of National Action Plans for ecosystem preservation begins

    ACCRA 12 July - Environmentalists from 16 west and central African nations began Monday a two-day review of their progress in developing National Action Plans vital for the safeguarding and sustainable management of their marine ecosystems that are blighted by pollution and the depletion of resources.
  • Mid-term review of National Action Plans ends; countries make significant progress.

    ACCRA 13 July - Countries participating in the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) project have made significant progress in developing their National Action Plans, the consultant guiding the process said Tuesday.
  • Value of maintaining healthy Coastal environment discussed

    ACCRA 15 July - Experts from the Guinea Current countries of west and central Africa began a two-day meeting Wednesday to discuss harmonized methods to measure the economic value of maintaining a healthy marine and coastal ecosystem along their coast stretching from Guinea-Bissau to Angola on the Atlantic.
  • "Green-Green" in our Western waters

    TAKORADI, Ghana, 13 Sept - For as long as many elder fishermen in the Ghanaian districts of Jomoro and Ellembelle remember, there have been outbreaks of a green filamentous plant called ‘Green-Green’, beginning in December and lasting two months on average.
  • Business to join government in the battle to manage solid waste.

    ACCRA 19 Oct - With some African cities close to choking on garbage, government and private sector partnerships say they are ready to clean up then recycle the mess, thereby protecting millions of urban residents while creating jobs and earning business profit.
  • Your garbage, their business: network formed to manage trash

    ACCRA 21 Oct - Local businesses and the government formed a network Thursday to coordinate the collection, disposal of and recycling a variety of industrial and household waste that continue to endanger millions of Ghanaians.
  • The Interim Guinea Current Commission’s Interview with Sierra Leone Environment Protection Agency Chairperson Haddijatou Jallow

    ACCRA 1 Nov - Sierra Leone is a small country nestled on the western bulge of Africa, but one endowed with abundant natural resources on and offshore.
  • Interview with Dr. Ken Sherman, one of two winners of the 2010 Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development

    ACCRA, 17 Nov - Fisheries Scientist KennethSherman and Conservationist Randall Arauz are the 2010 joint winners of the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development
  • Father of Large Marine Ecosystem honoured

    ACCRA 18 Nov - Fisheries Oceanographer Kenneth Sherman and conservationist Randall Arauz received worldwide acclaim Wednesday as joint Image winners of the 2010 Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development.
  • Scientists in West, Central Africa to apply ecosystem based-management to fisheries

    ACCRA 13 Dec - Turn-out and expectations were high Monday as fisheries experts began a five-day regional training workshop on the use of scientific models that could guide governments in managing fisheries resources in the Guinea Current region.
  • Guinea Current countries seek support for priority investment projects

    DOUALA, Cameroon 17 Feb – Countries of the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) region began a crucial two-day meeting
  • GCLME Fish farmers to learn about mariculture techniques

    ACCRA 23 Feb – Fish farmers and scientists from the Guinea current region began a three-day session Tuesday
  • Guinea Current fish farmers urged to diversify into mariculture

    Their interests were stimulated by the presentations on mariculture technology, made by the Yellow Sea expert on the subject, Dr. In-Kwon Jang
  • Atelier de démonstration et de dissémination des résultats du Projet pilote du Benin

  • Workshop of demonstration and dissemination of the results of the pilot project in Benin: Marine Protected Areas(MPA)

    Site visit of the sacred mangrove of Avlékété: Marine Protected Areas(MPA) Benin
  • GCLME countries seek regional policy on use of oil dispersants

    Accra, 22 June - Reach back momentarily to 1989 and the Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill. The disaster alerted the world to possible future accidents of this nature.
  • Regional Training Workshop on Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention

  • Interim Guinea Current Commission member states agree to harmonize use of Oil Spill dispersants use in the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

    ACCRA, 27 June – West and Central African members of the Interim Guinea Current Commission (IGCC) /Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) project agreed on ways to start developing a regional policy on the use of chemical dispersants
  • Fin de l’Atelier de Dissémination des Résultats du Projet ICAM Kribi Cameroun

  • Workshop of demonstration and dissemination of the results of ICAM project in Kribi, Cameroon

  • Coastal Erosion in Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire

    Comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Construction of Coastal Erosion Defense Measure in Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Coastal Erosion in Assinie

    Comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Construction of Coastal Erosion Defense Measure in Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Budgets sédimentaires dans la région du courant de Guinée

    Le GEMCG pour une réduction de l’érosion côtière
  • 6th World Water Forum, Marseille France

    IGCC/GCLME at the 6th World water Forum
  • UNIDO/GCLME Project exhibition at the 6th World Water

    We have made a great impact today by sharing more than 200 copies of our publications CD and Videos.
  • 3rd GEF-UNDP-IMO-GloBallast Global Project Task Force Meeting Cape Town

    GloBallast Partners group photograph

Welcome to IGCC/GCLME Website


The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) Project is an ecosystem–based effort to assist countries adjacent to the Guinea Current Ecosystem to achieve environmental and resource sustainability. This would be accomplished by shifting from short-term sector by sector driven management objectives to a longer-term perspective and from managing commodities to sustaining the production potential for ecosystem-wide goods and services.

The GEF pilot phase included a six country Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem project that ended in November, 1999. This new phase extended the Gulf of Guinea Project from six to sixteen countries, all of which are influenced by the Guinea Current. This new Project will assist these sixteen countries in making changes in the ways that human activities are conducted in the different sectors of national life to ensure that the GCLME and its multi-country drainage basins can sustainably support the socio-economic development of the region.


The four overall development goals of this project are to:

  1. Decline in GCLME fish stock and unsustainable harvesting of living resources;
  2. Recover depleted fish stocks,
  3. Reduce land and ship-based pollution, and
  4. Create an ecosystem-wide assessment and management framework for sustainable use of living and non-living resources in the GCLME.

Priority action areas rely heavily on regional capacity building. Sustainability will derive from this improved capacity, strengthening of national and regional institutions and improvement in policy/legislative frameworks.

Major Components:

  1. Finalize SAP and develop sustainable financing mechanisms for its implementation;
  2. Recovery and sustainability of depleted fisheries and living marine resources including mariculture;
  3. Planning for biodiversity conservation, restoration of degraded habitats and developing strategies for reducing coastal erosion;
  4. Reduce land and seas based pollution and improve water quality;
  5. Regional Coordination and Institution Sustainability.

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