In 2014, the Scientific Committee endorsed a proposal from South Africa that the Secretariat be tasked with developing a proposal for funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to build capacity among GEF-eligible CCAMLR Member countries to strengthen their participation in CCAMLR (SC-CAMLR-XXXIII, paragraph 10.30). This report updates CCAMLR Members on developments during 2017. This includes the approval of the Project Identification Form (PIF) by the GEF Council at its meeting in May 2017, subsequent work that will be associated with developing the full Project Document over the next 12 months and seeks further guidance on the role of the Project in the work of CCAMLR. The project will be financed by GEF, implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and executed by CCAMLR for the duration of four years. The financial support requested from GEF is US$6 192 694.