Three workshops (May and November 2017, March 2018) were held, involving 8 countries of the region, regional partners and almost 100 participants. Participants came from government, major NGOs and civil society, and from multiple sectors including fishries, environment, tourism, planning and maritime transport. The workshops focused on two outputs – developing and then enriching Voluntary Commitments on SDG14 at national and regional levels, and the scenarios development process.
Participants identified two key uncertainties, they felt would determine future outcomes in the region:
- level of governance (good vs. poor, integration vs. fragmentation)
- wealth and degree of investment in a country (high vs. low, from international and domestic sources).
After these, a range of additional drivers were identified and woven into the narratives, including climate change, health, education, migration, insecurity and other factors.