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Press Statement November 26, 1999

As part of a weeklong visit to Fiji, officials with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) are meeting with regional organizations to discuss the funding of several new marine projects.

On Friday, November 26, CIDA Program Manager Larry Bennett and Tom Carroll, Chief of Operations in the Philippines and South Pacific, were to attend the fifth meeting of the Program Management Committee (PMC) for the Canada-South Pacific Ocean Development Program (C-SPOD).

C-SPOD is Canada's major regional commitment to the Pacific Islands. It reflects the Canadian and South Pacific viewpoint that ocean development is a key priority.

Five marine projects worth C$ 2-million Canadian were up for funding approval at the meeting, which was to take place at the Forum Secretariat in Suva.

The projects included:

The PMC is made up of the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Forum Secretariat (ForSec), the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP), and CIDA, which donates funds through C-SPOD to the organizations. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) attend the PMC meetings as observers.

C-SPOD projects are developed by the four recipient organizations and are approved and coordinated by the PMC.

Since starting in 1988, the program has provided C$ 28 million in funding for various marine projects throughout the South Pacific. The second phase of the project, which began in 1997, is worth C$ 14 million and is expected to run until 2004. So far, C-SPOD II has approved 10 projects totaling C$ 6 million with the four regional organizations.

For additional information, please contact: Kenneth T. MacKay C-SPODP II Field Program Coordinator or Jennifer Robinson C-SPODP II Media Relations Assistant or Forum Secretariat Media Advisor Ulafala Aiavao at

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