South Pacific Data and Information Network in Support to Integrated Coastal Area Management
Original (non-English) name
Red de Información del Pacífico Sur en apoyo a la Gestión Integrada de Áreas Costeras
The South Pacific Information and Data Network to support Integrated Coastal Area Management (SPINCAM) is a project promoted by the Permanent Commission of the South Pacific (CPPS), advised by the Intergovernmental Commission of the Ocean (IOC) and the government of Flanders (Belgium). It is aimed at strengthening the technical and managerial capacity of the CPPS member countries: Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, with the purpose of developing reports on the coastal zones, based on indicators and including their spatial representations, in the context of the programs for the Integrated Management of Coastal Zones (ICAM), both nationally and regionally.
The concern of implementing regional cooperation activities for the intelligent planning of coastal zones has been expressed by the member countries of the CPPS in the Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the South Pacific, in which it is also partner Panama.
SPINCAM arises from the analysis carried out by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on the level of implementation and the institutional models established for ICAM, and from the need to establish a reference framework that allows generating useful information for decision makers within the sustainable development context.
For the advancement of the project, two stages have been considered, a first one aimed at establishing the reference framework for the indicators and a second one for developing the Information System.
In Colombia, SPINCAM is part of the environmental institutional planning activities carried out by the Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT).
The generation of coastal management indicators points to the implementation of some actions of the National Environmental Policy for the Sustainable Development of Ocean Spaces and Coastal and Insular Zones of Colombia (PNAOCI) and the National Ocean Policy, seeking that the entities in the field national, sub-national and local manage to incorporate some environmental determinants in their planning. The general objective of SPINCAM is to establish a reference framework of Indicators for the integrated management of coastal zones in each of the countries of the Southeast Pacific (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru), focused on environmental conditions, socio-economic and governance in the context of sustainable development.
In phase II, implementation of new indicators of the regional order and re-scaling of indicators at a local pilot case in each country constitutes the specific objectives for this phase.