A new Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership programme (PEUMP) has been launched today on the occasion of the Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU. The partnership will be implemented in 15 Pacific countries and will be supported by € 45 million of EU funding, including a € 10 million contribution by the Swedish Government.
Global leaders are currently gathering in Malta for the Our Oceans Conference, to work on new actions in the fields of sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable blue economy, marine pollution and maritime security.
The Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) will support the sustainable management of fisheries, food security and blue growth in the Pacific region, in line with the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries. It will be implemented over six years by regional organisations, in close cooperation with competent authorities from the 15 beneficiary countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
In his opening remarks, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica reaffirmed the role of the European Union as a reliableclose partner of the Pacific, and said: "As the life force that sustains our planet and every person on it, we will continue to support every effort to manage our oceans more sustainably – for the benefit of local communities in the Pacific, and forof manythe generations to come."
Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin added: "Marine resources form the backbone of the Pacific economy. The Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership will combine regional and national approaches and put specific attention to promote direct and positive changes for the ones in most need, targeting women, youth and other vulnerable groups."
PEUMP will provide a comprehensive framework for action taking into account the increasing need to protect marine biodiversity and strengthen resilience to climate change. Further areas of support will include:
- the provision of scientific and management advice,
- the development of local employment and inclusive growth through more sustainable management of oceanic and
- coastal fisheries resources,
- the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing,
- sustainable use of the coastal and marine biodiversity; and
- capacity building throughout the entire programme.
The programme will facilitate sector policy dialogues, involving civil society organisations and non-state actors, including the private sector, at all levels, thus contributing to ownership and sustainability beyond the lifetime of the programme.
The PEUMP programme aims to improve the economic, social and environmental benefits for 15 Pacific ACP states arising from stronger regional economic integration and the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment.
The programme will be implemented over five years by competent regional organisations, notably the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. Close cooperation is also envisaged with the University of the South Pacific (USP), competent national authorities of Pacific ACP countries, international organisations (i.e. IUCN), international and local NGOs (e.g. WWF) as well as the private sector.
Press Release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-3603_en.htm
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Nazeem KASIM, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Suva, Fiji
Press and Information Officer
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIF)