The PERSGA Framework Action Plan, 2006-2010 serves as the operational document guiding PERSGA activities during this period.This action and results-based Framework is based on the following documents:

  • The Jeddah Convention (1982)  and Jeddah Action Plan  (both are legally binding documents and signed by the PERSGA Member States).
  • “Agenda for the New Millennium: Sustainable Development in the RSGA”
  • The PERSGA Integrated Strategy and Business Plan (2004-2014) which was grounded on the achievements and lessons learned of the GEF funded Strategic Action Programme executed by PERSGA during 1999-2005. 

PERSGA Objective 2006-2010:  To improve the sustainable management and use of the RSGA’s coastal and marine resources. Sustainable management and use will be reflected in reduced threats to the environment, improved livelihoods of participating coastal communities and improved institutional, legal and financial arrangements.

PERSGA Ambition 2006-2010:  To build PERSGA as a world center of excellence in coastal and marine management based on real, measurable achievements in the RSGA region.  The priority will be to establish a sound foundation of structures and systems from which to build regional capacity, promote local initiatives and transfer and embed their lessons across the region as a basis for sustainable development.
Ultimately, sustainable development and marine conservation are inextricably linked.  Man’s attitude towards the earth’s marine and coastal resources and his activities both on land and at sea have a profound effect on the health of these vulnerable ecosystems.  PERSGA’s primary aim during the 2006-2010 period, therefore, is to address the needs of the environment from the standpoint of those whose practices will ultimately decide its fate.  This includes galvanizing wide-spread understanding and respect of the marine environment, so that conservation and sustainable use can be championed by government right down to the community level. 

This will be achieved by building on the work of the first phase of the PERSGA Strategic Action Programme (1999-2005), with particular emphasis on strengthening the delivery process.  A strong and sustainable organisational structure for PERSGA and its partners, along with the development of a comprehensive data and information base, serve as prerequisites to the achievement of this goal.  Delivery at the local level will test and demonstrate the application of sustainable development principles; comprehensive training and capacity building, as well as and region-wide investments will address some of the most important transboundary issues.  Ultimately, the ambition is create a situation where sustainability becomes embedded in both practice and policy within the region.