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Beyond the Region: PEMSEA Shares ICM Experience in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan — PEMSEA has been assisting with the development of a national integrated coastal management (ICM) programme in Sudan, as a cooperative inter-regional arrangement with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA). PERSGA is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the conservation of the coastal and marine environments found in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Suez, Suez Canal and Gulf of Aden. Sudan is one of the seven member states of PERSGA.The PEMSEA Regional Task Force (RTF), which was composed of Dr. Huming Yu and Dr. Michael Pido, visited Sudan on 5 to 12 April. The RTF mission aimed to build awareness and improve understanding of lCM development and implementation among senior government officials; and assist the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Experts Group in Sudan with the preparation of a Plan of Action for ICM Programme Development and a project proposal on the implementation of lCM at selected sites. Key activities included stakeholder consultations; field visits to proposed ICM sites, and the preparation of a project proposal.A series of meetings were held with senior government officials and representatives of key stakeholder groups in the Red Sea State (RSS). Field visits were also undertaken to assess the conditions and characteristics of the potential ICM sites. During the site visits, local government officials were consulted on an initial project proposal (IPP), which forms part of the World Bank's Sudan Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTF). Preparations for the IPP, titled "Sustainable Resource Use Management and Livelihood Enhancement in Red Sea State of Sudan," were largely undertaken through an interactive writeshop. The overall project development goal is to enhance the capacity of local governments and other stakeholders in creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for coastal communities within the integrated natural resource management framework.