• ASCLMEs Programme

    The ASCLME project is part of a multi-project, multi-agency programme - The Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem Programme (ASCLMEs) - which aims to institutionalise cooperative management of the two LMEs. The ASCLMEs Programme is implemented in a phased way, so that a knowledge base is built progressively and technical and management capabilities are strengthened at the regional scale so as to address transboundary environmental concerns.
    The Programme’s overall objectives are:

    • to acquire sufficient baseline data to support an ecosystem-based approach to the management of the two LMEs;
    • to produce a TDA and SAP for both the Agulhas Current and the Somali Current LMEs.

    Fishermen with Dhow and nets, Tanga, Tanzania. Image courtesy Lucy Scott

    The overall ASCLMEs Programme comprises the ASCLME Project (IW:LEARN), the SWIOF Project and the WIO-LaB Project.

    SWIOFP and ASCLME produced a joint TDA and SAP; WIO-LaB finished before the other two and produced their own TDA and SAP.

    The ASCLME Project SAP Implementation Phase Project is the Western Indian Ocean Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms Project (WIO-SAPPHIRE). (IW:LEARN)

    The WIO-LaB Project's SAP Implementation Phase Project is WIOSAP.

    SWIOFP has yet to move to a SAP Implementation Phase; some "continuity" activities are foreseen in the WIO-SAPPHIRE Project (IW:LEARN).


    The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) is a multinational research project which aims to improve the understanding and management of marine resources in the southwest Indian Ocean. It involves nine countries, including Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania. Through SWIOFP, these countries have developed a collaborative project that embraces their own fishery-related needs and expectations in a regional and transboundary context. Together with the ASCLME project and the WIO-LaB project - which addresses land-based marine pollution - SWIOPF is one of a trio of linked projects that is set to provide an overall transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA) and associated Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems.

    SWIOFP is implemented by the World Bank.