ASCLME Project

The objectives of the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) project are:
* to gather new and important information about ocean currents and how they interact with and influence the climate, biodiversity and economies of the western Indian Ocean region;
* to document the environmental threats that are faced by the countries of the region in a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA);
* to develop a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) which sets out a strategy for the countries to collectively deal with transboundary threats;
* to strengthen scientific and management expertise, with a view to introducing an ecosystem approach to managing the living marine resources of the Western Indian Ocean region.

Relevant Activities:

Public awareness/advocacy Training Research and education Local capacity building Policy development Poverty reduction Technical assistance

Target Area:

Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem which includes the 9 countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia

Additional Information:

The five-year Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) project is centred on the two large marine ecosystems (LMEs) of the western Indian Ocean region. These are the Somali Current LME – which extends from the Comoros Islands and the northern tip of Madagascar up to the horn of Africa – and the Agulhas Current LME which stretches from the northern end of the Mozambique Channel to Cape Agulhas. The ASCLME project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Contact details: 

Address: ASCLME House
18 Somerset Street
Private Bag 101
Grahamstown, 6140
South Africa
Phone: +27 46 636 2984
Fax: +27 46 622 6621
Email: info@asclme.org