Pacific European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP)
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.