Intellectual Capital and Human Resources
Governments, donors, and UN and other international organizations implement numerous country and sub-regional capacity enhancement projects covering areas/issues such as environmental research, development of strategic plans, transferring skills, and building awareness and understanding. While contributing to the overall regional capacity, such projects remain short-term, sector-specific and relatively isolated from mainstream management programs. Capacity disparity remains a challenge of governments in SDS-SEA implementation, including ineffective transfer and sharing of knowledge that strengthens management programs. Project managers and stakeholders at different levels must discover and actively seek out intellectual capital within their own country or within the region to learn lessons and access technical support and assistance. This results in further reliance on donors and international agencies and organizations to 'provide' the required expertise.
Target Scenario / Benefits
Global: Innovative approaches to mobilization of available intellectual capital for implementation of the regional strategy, through a combination of efforts including PEMSEA Programs for Areas of Excellence, National ICM Task Forces and training programs, country-based learning centers, special skills training programs, post-graduate curriculum in ICM, internships and fellowships, provide the GEF IW program with a package of tested and proven knowledge-sharing products with global application. Linkages between the PEMSEA knowledge center portal and the GEF IW Learn, active participation in the biennial GEF IW Conference, and the organization of a triennial EAS Congress ensure that GEF IW stakeholders learn extensively from one another, and how to improve self-reliance, sustainability and public involvement in coastal and ocean governance matters, including related transboundary issues.
Domestic: Decision-making processes within countries benefit from scientific information/advice from universities and other scientific institutions related to, among others, how the marine ecosystems function and how these respond to certain human activities and interventions. A core group of skilled ICM managers and practitioners provides advice and technical assistance to national and local governments in the development and implementation of national ICM programs. Community groups, including women and youth organizations, participate in local conservation and protection initiatives, providing increased ownership and stewardship for the marine and coastal resources of the region. The PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG) promotes and facilitates ICM replication initiatives among its membership, and advocates ICM program development, implementation and capacity building at the national and international levels.