Piloting of an Ecosystem-based Approach to Uruguayan Coastal Fisheries

Project Summary

The goal of the proposed “Ecosystem-based Approach to Living Aquatic Resources Management” Medium Size Project (MSP) is to transform the utilization of Uruguay’s fisheries resources into sustainable production systems through the integration of ecosystem-related principles and concepts into national legal and planning frameworks that in turn, would contribute to a reduction in the loss of biodiversity and an increase in social well-being. The proposed development objective (PDO) is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country’s fisheries through: (i) reorganization and modernization of DINARA’s institutional structure; (ii) implementation of a robust system of fisheries management based on the application of an ecosystem based approach to fisheries (EAF) and best available knowledge; and (iii) development of a National Plan for the Development and Management of Artisanal Fisheries in Uruguay (NPDMAF) to include new institutional management arrangements (co-management). The proposed MSP’s global environmental objective (GEO) is to reduce impacts on ecosystem “health” and contribute to increases in the conservation of biodiversity through promoting a shift in Uruguay’s management of its coastal fisheries from an approach focused on single-species to one that reflects ecosystem-based fishery management (EAF) principles. The MSP is proposed as a project that will be fully “blended” with Uruguay’s on-going National Fisheries Modernization Program (NFMP).

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
Food and Agriculture Organization
Executing Agencies
National Direction of National Institute of Fisheries
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
50,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
950,000 USD
Co-financing Total
1,800,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
95,000 USD
Total Cost 2,800,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
25 Jun 2007
Preparation Grant Approved
19 May 2008
Concept Approved
13 Dec 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
21 Oct 2009
Project closed
31 Mar 2014