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Capacity building in the marine sector in the Pacific Island: the role of the University of the South Pacific's marine studies programme

South, Graham R. and Veitayaki, Joeli (2001) Capacity building in the marine sector in the Pacific Island: the role of the University of the South Pacific's marine studies programme. Marine Policy, 25 (6). pp. 437-444. ISSN 0308-597X

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    Abstract

    Capacity building in the marine sector is a priority for Pacific Island nations, which face major challenges in the sustainable management of their marine resources under UNCLOS III and the various Conventions and Agreements stemming from UNCED. The University of the South Pacific (USP), with its 12 Pacific Island members (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) has taken up this challenge through the establishment of its Marine Studies Programme (MSP) in 1993. The MSP is one of the four focal areas identified in USP’s 1998 Strategic Plan. The breadth of MSP’s activities is substantial, ranging from awareness raising at the village level to sophisticated post-graduate research in marine science. The substantial regional and international cooperation, research and training involved in these endeavours require USP to respond to education, training and research needs at many levels. As USP services more than 23 million square kilometres of ocean space and less than 1.7 million people, only a small percentage of this population have access to face-to-face teaching. USP’s success to date is a measure of staff dedication, innovation and the confidence of the university, its members, and its donor partners. Capacity building in the marine sector will remain a high priority for many years to come, and MSP must continue to play a leading role.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
    K Law > KZ Law of Nations
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
    Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
    Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2001 13:11
    Last Modified: 01 May 2012 16:03
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/2840
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