The project supports the planning and to some extent the implementation of selected elements of a trilateral action plan to protect the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME). The SSME action plan is closely aligned with the national priorities, plans and programmes of the three partner countries and their international commitments. It builds on relevant approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change. Primary focuses of the project include promoting sustainable fisheries and improving the living conditions of affected sectors of the population, conserving endangered, charismatic and migratory species and setting up a network of marine protected areas (MPAs). The project also promotes capacity building in relevant government institutions by organising knowledge-sharing events, establishing a pool of trainers and documenting and disseminating lessons learned. The project partners develop specific bilateral or trilateral activities, for which the project provides co-finance and technical support as necessary. Based on scientific studies and lessons learned, the project also develops general policy recommendations, which are then disseminated throughout the SSME region.