Based on the goals and objectives defined above the major components of the
programme are as follows:
1. Marine Policy Formulation and Ocean Law: This will provide technical
assistance in the area of policy formulation, appropriate strategies for
sustainable ocean management and development and the formulation of management
mechanisms, and legislation for carrying out these strategies;
2. Marine Scientific Research and Environmental Assessments: This will
support the Pan-Africa plan for the protection of the marine environment from
land-based sources, as well as contribute to the abatement of sea-based
pollution by programmes of the UN organizations; and
3. Indigenous Institutional Support: This will provide technical support
to research institutions and universities involved with ocean management and
with indigenous personnel in this area.
Such a programme could contribute significantly to the development of
regional centres for oceans in Africa in accordance with Articles 276 and 277 of
UNCLOS III, which deal with the establishment and functions of regional centres.
The purpose of this programme is to foster cooperation and coordination between
African indigenous programmes and those of the international community that are
concerned with ocean management and development and to develop a programme
implementation strategy that is based on existing indigenous capacity and
infrastructures in the programme area.