Pacific Greetings from USP PEUMP,
You are reading this as you have been identified as one of our key stakeholders.
And as such, I am delighted to present the first issue of our newsletter, which marks the beginning of a new era for our team. This newsletter will be a valuable tool for keeping everyone informed about the latest developments, achievements, and upcoming events within our network and community.
As you are well aware, the USP Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Project’s overall approach is to improve the capacity and expertise of Pacific islanders to sustainably manage and develop their fisheries for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity. Training and education have been made accessible through this project to all in the Pacific, from fisher-folk in the villages to post-graduate students at USP.
In essence, USP PEUMP is helping Pacific Islanders manage their fisheries and ensure marine sustainable development.
To kickstart, we are bringing to you highlights from 2023; and a brief introduction about your USP PEUMP team members. However, as we continue to evolve and establish this newsletter, we aspire to bring you quarterly updates.
Moving forward, I encourage everyone to actively contribute to this newsletter by sharing your ideas, impacts, successes and learnings. This will not only help to keep everyone informed but also foster a sense of community and collaboration within our team this community.
Thanks to this EU and Sweden funded project, this issue contains developments on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) such as Financial Literacy Training for Fisher Communities; Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) such as Certificate IV in Pacific Ocean Finance and the post-graduate course Gender and Environment as examples of training and education being offered to Pacific islanders already in the Fisheries and Marine Sustainable Development sectors.
In addition, we are also excited to share applied research accomplishments of our USP PEUMP funded Pacific Islander students and researchers in the Pacific region, increasing the pool of experts as well as the publishing record in the fields of Coastal Fisheries and Marine Sustainable Development. We would not be celebrating this without your invaluable collaborations and contributions.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and dedication. We have accomplished a lot together, and I am confident that we will continue to achieve great things in the future.
Thank you, and I hope you enjoy reading this first issue.