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The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP) is a multilateral fund financed by the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) aiming at building sustainable fisheries in the Pacific region. The PEUMP programme will be implemented by CROP agencies including the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), with SPC being the lead agency.  Other implementing partners include the Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA).


The Programme is made up of six Key Result Areas (KRAs) and a Programme Management Unit (PMU) covering a range of activities that focus on gaps in fisheries science; fisheries development; coastal resources and livelihoods; illegal, unrecorded, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; ecosystem based management; biodiversity conservation; and capacity building at the national and community levels.

The University of the South Pacific has a PAGoDA Grant Agreement with the EU and will receive funding of  EUR 5.7 million over the next 4.5 years. USP will specifically address capacity development, through KRA 6 under the title:

"Capacity built through education, training, research and development for key stakeholder groups in fisheries and marine resources management"

Poverty alleviation is a key consideration.  In addition, gender issues and a rights-based approach will be mainstreamed throughout the programme. With the approach to move from ad-hoc training to more strategic and formal education and career pathways and continuing professional development (CPD), schemes will be implemented at regional, national and local level involving the regional university network, TVET institutions and the leading international marine professionals’ body, IMarEST.  Target countries include USP member countries in addition to Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. 

The PEUMP project is being implemented by USP’s Institute of Marine Resources through the recruitment of 12 new staff for the KRA6 team. This team consists of academics (lecturers, research fellows and assistants), administrators, educational course specialists and management staff.


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TVET & CPD

Key area 1: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This covers training courses and programmes targeting the workforce including: 

  • Workplace Training Development Units – short courses designed to enhance workplace skills such as time management and business skills.
  • National Certificates – such as Fisheries Compliance and Enforcement (Certificate Level IV) generally requiring 3 – 4 courses taken over a year. This includes working with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to accredit new courses developed and those to transition to USP from FFA as well as delivery of courses already offered by USP.
  • Professional Body membership – working with IMarEST to empower Pacific island students and professionals to become actively involved in existing continuing professional development (CPD) programmes not previously promoted in the region.
  • Development of “Lifelong Learning Pathways” for marine professionals - mapping of career pathways within the marine sector (including TVET and higher education) that includes CPD opportunities, and identification of model(s) for the delivery and/or accreditation of on-going professional development.  The design of specific career pathways and lifelong learning opportunities will focus on coastal and offshore fisheries as part of marine resource management careers.

Coastal Fisheries Management

Key area 2: Coastal Fisheries Management

Focusing at the tertiary level, this area involves both review and amendment as needed of undergraduate coastal fisheries management courses already offered and the development of potentially new courses identified through an initial needs and gap analysis.  In addition there will be development of postgraduate research capacity through Masters and PhD scholarships, and applied research focused on coastal fisheries management.  

USP offers existing undergraduate courses of relevance to coastal fisheries and other related courses in the fields of climate change, gender studies, law, economics, and business management. Depending on the outcome of the needs and gap analysis these courses may be amended or new undergraduate courses developed targeting the changing and future needs of the coastal fisheries sector.

Targeted applied research by postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) will be supported and mentored by the Coastal Fisheries Research Fellow and Research Assistant to help build a regional pool of skilled Pacific Islander researchers with applied expertise in coastal fisheries management.  The applied research conducted will also draw from and help to support the capacity development and research components of the other PEUMP Programme partners for KRA1 to KRA5.

Marine Sustainable Development

Key area 3: Marine Sustainable Development

Also focusing more at the tertiary level, this area involves both review and amendment as needed of undergraduate marine sustainable development courses already offered and the development of potentially new courses identified through the needs and gap analysis. 

In addition there will be development of postgraduate research capacity through Masters and PhD scholarships, and applied research focused on the sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment.  

Depending on the outcome of the needs and gap analysis these courses may be amended or new undergraduate courses developed focusing more on integrated sustainable development, for example: on blue economies and climate financing, sustainable business management models, and renewable energy options in a decarbonising world.

Targeted applied research by postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) will be supported and mentored by the Marine Sustainable Development Fellow and Research Assistant to help build a regional pool of skilled Pacific Islander researchers with applied expertise in marine sustainable development.  The applied research conducted will also draw from and help to support the capacity development and research components of the other PEUMP Programme partners for KRA1 to KRA5.


Activity 1

Comprehensive needs and gap analysis

Comprehensive needs and gap analysis. There are already a number of fisheries and marine programmes and courses that are relevant e.g. undergraduate courses offered by USP in marine science and marine affairs, National Certificate IV in fisheries compliance and enforcement, women’s empowerment training programmes including for women in fisheries, and climate change adaptation offered by government ministries/departments, NGOs, and CROPs). This is one of the first activities and will frame the topic/content of other capacity development activities. The needs and gap analysis will collate information on all existing courses and programmes in all PACPs, interview key stakeholders to identify education and training needs, consider human rights and gender aspects of training and education needs, identify amendments to existing and new courses/programmes, and identify delivery mechanisms and institutions.

Activity 2

Accreditation and delivery of existing TVET courses.

Accreditation and delivery of existing TVET courses. Accreditation of existing courses in Basic Observer Training and other FFA TVET courses to be transferred to USP. Delivery of TVET courses previously offered by FFA – e.g. Certificate (Level IV) in Fisheries Enforcement & Compliance. This includes financial support to PACP nationals to undertake existing TVET courses offered by USP relevant to PEUMP Programme

Activity 3

Design of CPD and career pathways including business skill.

Design of CPD and career pathways including business skill. Development of “Lifelong Learning Pathways” for marine professionals taking into account gender and human rights. Mapping of career pathways within the marine sector (including TVET and higher education) that includes CPD opportunities, and identification of model(s) for delivery and/or accreditation of on-going professional development e.g. through IMarEST. This includes financial support for PACP nationals already employed in the fisheries/marine sector to take Workplace Development Training Units already offered by USP and identified in the needs and gap analysis. Financial support for PACP nationals already employed in the fisheries/marine sector for annual membership of IMarEST is also included.

Activity 4

Development and delivery of additional training courses

Development and delivery of additional training courses identified through needs and gap analysis related to coastal fisheries management and sustainable marine development gender and human rights based approach: New courses/programmes to be developed based on needs & gap analysis, both formal (TVET, Undergraduate & Postgraduate) and informal (professionals in public & private sectors). Indications of likely priorities from initial stakeholder consultation include: small business management, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business writing, investment appraisal and international commerce, market development, fisheries negotiations, policy development and strategic planning, data collection, management and analysis, and technology development as well as fisheries science and marine management. This includes financial support to PACP nationals to undertake existing TVET courses offered by USP relevant to PEUMP Programme.

Activity 5

Applied research and postgraduate scholarships

Applied research and postgraduate scholarships. Applied research in coastal fisheries management and marine sustainable development will target postgraduate students (Masters & PhD) supported by research fellows and assistants. The objective is to build a regional pool of skilled researchers through their active participation in applied research in relevant fields including coastal fisheries management and sustainable marine development. Applied research may draw from and support the capacity development and research components of the other PEUMP Programme partners. Some examples of research that would be complementary include: the potential role of climate financing in MPAs and community-based ecosystem management; changing roles of women in fisheries (including government, private sector, regional agencies/organisations); options for renewable energy use in transport and storage aspects of fisheries; the impact of natural disasters and ocean warming and acidification on coastal and oceanic fisheries. Scholarships will be awarded to nationals from the PACPs. Scholarships will target priority areas identified by the needs & gap analysis and the PEUMP Programme Steering Committee and could include aspects such as gender and fisheries, decarbonisation of the sector, endangered species by-catch, ocean acidification and warming, and climate financing. Pilot trials of technologies and approaches that tackle challenges faced at community level are anticipated as part of the applied research.

Activity 6

Outreach, including on-line delivery of education and training, publications and talanoa

Outreach, including on-line delivery of education and training, publications and talanoa Materials for on-line e-learning will be developed. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will be developed and delivered in collaboration with all the PEUMP Programme partners and will focus on the themes of PEUMP Programme – for example: community-based coastal fisheries, taking human rights and gender into account in terms of analysis participation in planning, implementation, monitoring, etc., and sustainable fisheries, promotion of Blue Economy. Building on existing projects such as PacTVET and EU-GCCA, MOOCs would be of 6-week duration with pre-recorded lectures, online resources, live forums for discussions (e.g. Facebook and twitter), online assessments and optional field exercises.

Blended (face-to-face & online) and Face-to-face training will be delivered. Live-streamed and face-to-face initial trainings and seminars will be recorded for use in subsequent online courses targeting wider audiences. Information will also be shared through a USP PEUMP Programme website/page, publications, toolkits, a public lecture series and conference/talanoa. Development of educational materials for use by other providers (e.g. for primary & secondary schools, other tertiary institutions in the region) will focus on the priorities identified. Rollout of successful pilot community-level technologies and approaches is also anticipated in the latter part of the Project.

Activity 7

Rights-based and gender trainings

Rights-based and gender trainings: Based on findings of the initial needs and gap analysis, specific training materials and opportunities will target identified needs based on gender, human rights, social mobilization and advocacy, as well as disadvantaged groups. This would complement the integration of a human rights-based approach in other trainings, MOOCs, etc. that also focus on processes of engagement of communities and vulnerable social groups in all stages of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. For empowered communities to sustainably manage natural resources, they need the technical skills, but also skills in holding duty-bearers accountable and advocating their rights. USP’s Gender Policy and USP staff  with expertise in gender and development studies will work with a consultant to be engaged by USP in the Inception Phase to develop an action plan to inform development of training materials and approaches with support of PEUMP Programme Gender and Human Rights Specialist (SPC) and Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) – additional funding for Programme activities in this area is provided to the PEUMP PMU (SPC).



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