Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme

two people in a seagrass field by the water conducting scientific experiments

Cefas is working with some of the most vulnerable Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS), on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and in partnership with the United Kingdom Hydrography Office and National Oceanography Centre to provide data SIDS are unable to access themselves, helping unlock the potential of SIDS marine resources to support their resilience and long-term prosperity.

Enabling safe and sustainable marine economies across Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme was announced by the British Prime Minister in 2015 and subsequently launched in 2016.

This UK government programme aims to support the marine economies (also referred to as blue economies) of 17 Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It aims to support them in identifying the potential of, and developing, their marine economies in a sustainable, resilient, and integrated way.

The programme promotes growth, innovation, jobs and investment, whilst safeguarding healthy seas and ecosystems. In partnership with the SIDS, the programme will develop and implement national Maritime Economy Plans to ensure the programme leaves a lasting legacy.