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    Proposal for GEF (Global Environment Facility) funding to support capacity building and training to the GEF-eligible countries with Antarctic interests

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    South Africa
    1. South Africa is seeking GEF assistance to support capacity building and training in science and science processes associated with Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems, including: Measuring potential physical and ecological degradation and destabilisation from the effects of climate change (particularly ocean acidification) and pollution; Identifying and managing the risk from marine alien invasive species as a result of human visits (vessels, scientists etc) as well as with changing ecosystem conditions resulting from climate change; Gaining a better understanding of fishing effort and identification of overfishing of target species and associated or species dependent on the same ecosystem taken in Antarctic and Southern Ocean fisheries; Developing stronger partnerships to monitor and control IUU fishing; and Assistance with assessing and developing management plans for special protected and managed areas.
    2. As the multilateral agency responsible for the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources, and the organisation in which South Africa is seeking GEF support to more effectively engage, particularly in relation to science processes, CCAMLR has a key role in this initiative. South Africa is seeking support from CCAMLR for this project.