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SwAM Ocean (2019-2022)

Our Program for Development Cooperation (SwAM Ocean 2019-2022) is an initiative for supporting holistic marine management and blue growth in vulnerable regions. It is financed by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), it has a budget of SEK 43 million over four years and its Geographical focus is the Southwest Indian Ocean.

Thematic areas

Our thematic areas of work within the program are:

  • Marine Spatial Planning.
  • Sustainable use of marine resources (with focus on small-scale fisheries).
  • Conservation measures (with focus on Marine Protected Areas).
  • Collaboration beween management areas, sectors and stakeholders.

Purpose and Aims

The program departs from key Swedish and international policies and frameworks, most importantly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/Agenda 2030, the Swedish Policy for Global Development (PGD) and Sida’s vision “Every person’s right and possibility to live a life in dignity”.

The program seeks to address the challenges pertained to poverty alleviation through the sustainable use of marine ecosystem services, with a focus on coastal areas in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).

Tonfisk, stim. Undervattensbild.

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Within the program long term planning is identified as a key measure that enables a sustainable management that can balance access to, and conservation of, marine resources in a way that both strengthen coastal and marine environments and communities and contribute to poverty reduction and local economic growth.

Essential prerequisites for achieving sustainable management are identified as increased levels of capacities, transparency and participation as well as crosssectoral cooperation. At impact level the program seeks to contribute to SDG 14 with a special focus on target 14.7 ”by 2030 increase the economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism”.

Three cross-cutting goals on outcome level has been identified:

  • Strengthened capacity in marine management contributes to the sustainable use of marine resources and increased local economic growth.
  • Increased transparency and participation in marine and fisheries management processes enable enhanced influence for resource-poor stakeholders and rights holders in coastal areas.
  • Enhanced cooperation between administrative areas, sectors and stakeholders promote more efficient and harmonized marine management for the benefit of poor communities in coastal areas.


In implementing the program, we will work through capacity development activities, advocacy, policy development and expert input. Our primary beneficiaries are national governmental stakeholders involved in ocean governance and fisheries management. The program, will also work through selected global and regional marine environmental and fisheries management processes.

A rights based approach is applied and gender equality is addressed both as a specific goal in the program and through activity mainstreaming. Longterm partnerships with well-established global stakeholders is an important strategy for reaching our goals. As a part of an effective results based management model an interactive learning evaluation methodology forms the basis of the program’s monitoring and evaluation plan and enables the program to develop and adjust over time to ensure effective and relevant implementation.

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