C-SPOD wraps up.
After 14 years spent promoting the sustainable development of
living marine resources in the South Pacific, the Canada-South Pacific
Ocean Development Program is scheduled to conclude in December 2004.
Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, which recently
cancelled its aid programme in the South Pacific, C-SPOD has implemented
$28 million worth of natural resource management projects in the region
and was the main source of aid from Canada to the region over the past
decade. Working in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program, the Forum
Fisheries Agency, and the University of the South Pacific, C-SPOD has
spearheaded marine conservation projects, participated in the
development of fisheries legislation, and tackled gender issues in the
fisheries industry. C-SPOD has also bolstered the USP Marine Studies
Program by providing scholarships for post-graduate students and
supporting research projects throughout the Pacific Islands. C-SPOD is
currently seeking ways for other donor nations and partners to carry on
the work it began.