The Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project is unique in its strategic combination of fisheries and ecosystem governance frameworks and will, through governance reforms, investments and management programs, enable the participating countries to address priority transboundary concerns on declining fisheries, associated biodiversity and water quality. The CCLME project is executed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a combined effort to reverse the degradation of the Canary Current large marine ecosystem caused by over-fishing, habitat modification and changes in water quality by adoption of an ecosystem-based management approach. The current phase of the CCLME project will be operational for five years (2010-2015) in the seven participating countries Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and The Gambia. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) together with co-financing from participating countries and other partners. The project is open for co-funding and collaboration with parties interested in contributing to ecosystem management of the Canary Current region.