Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Partnership will support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement and effectively enforce global, regional and sub-regional arrangements for the conservation and management of transboundary oceanic fisheries thereby increasing sustainable benefits derived from these fisheries

Implementation methodologies

The Partnership will implement actions for ecosystem-based management of oceanic fisheries at the regional, subregional and national levels. The Partnership will primarily support Pacific SIDS participation and meet their obligations outlined in regional and subregional agreements such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention, the Nauru Agreement, among others. These agreements are geared towards the sustainable management of oceanic fisheries in the region and for countries to increase their benefits from these resources.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The Partnership will strengthen the human resource and institutional capacities at the national and subregional levels to achieve the objectives of the Partnership. Where needed, support will be provided in the following areas: alignment of national policies with multi-country agreements; upgrading national data & information management systems; formulation and evaluation of fisheries conservation and management measures; multi-stakeholder dialogues; monitoring and evaluation. Other areas of capacity building will be provided as identified by the countries and subregional institutions.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Partnership will be implemented jointly by UNDP and FAO with primary financial support from the GEF. Activities will be led by FFA and SPC together with the partners that include PNA and the 15 Pacific SIDS. A Regional Steering Committee will provide overall guidance and direction for the Partnership. A full-time management office will be mobilized to implement the activities of the Partnership.


Pacific SIDS: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu with UNDP, FAO, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Parties to the Nauru Agreement
Regional Actions for Ecosystem- Based Management: Comprehensive set of innovative on-the-water conservation and management measures for the Western and Central Pacific Ocean covered by the WCPF Convention
Sub-regional Actions for Ecosystem- Based Management: Operationalization and enforcement, including rights-based cap and trade arrangements for in-zone tuna fisheries, enhancing ecosystem sustainability and incentivized by sustainable fishery certifications
National Actions for Ecosytem-Based Management: Innovative ecosystem-based on-the-water CMMs being effectively applied by Pacific SIDS in accordance with national plans and policies and with international, regional and sub-regional commitments and other relevant instruments
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
94,900,000 USD
In-kind contribution
from all partners: $84,900,000
Financing (in USD)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: October 30, 2018
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jose Erezo Padilla, jose.padilla@undp.org

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