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
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