The concept of large marine ecosystems (LME) was developed to address trans-boundary characteristics of the use of marine resources and the protection of the marine environment. Other approaches to these issues include the establishment of regionally based forums, such as conventions, regional economic organizations, and regional fisheries bodies (RFB).
The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has prepared this report to increase our knowledge and to serve as guidance for future Swedish support to the protection of the marine environment and the sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries. Our hope is that it will be of use for us as well as other interested parties. The report is funded by Swedish international Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.