Welcome to the ASCLME Project

Between 2008 and 2013, the nine countries of the western Indian Ocean region, including Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania, will work together through the UNDP supported GEF financed Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project.

Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis

The GEF’s operational strategy recommends the use of a number of tools to facilitate country participation in projects that take an integrated approach to managing land and water resources. One of these tools is the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), a science-based assessment which identifies and quantifies the causes of environmental problems in a geographic region. The TDA takes into account national, regional and global factors such as the socio-economic, political and institutional contexts, without ignoring national concerns and priorities. The TDA should be an objective assessment, based on the best available scientific and technical information and is compiled through full consultation with all stakeholders. The TDA is a vital document in the preparation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

The ASCLME Project is pioneering a new concept, the Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analysis (MEDA), which will be completed first and form the primary information source for the TDA.

The Final Draft TDA and its appendices available from here, along with various Supporting Documents.