The ACP MEAs programme is a joint partnership between the European Union, the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The programme aims to build capacity in 79 countries in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) to support them in fulfilling their obligations as parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), to address the environmental challenges they face and to reap the benefits of improved environmental governance at national and regional levels.

The global relevance of the ACP MEAs Programme is reflected in its alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering a wide range of targets under SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

The programme partners, currently, include the African Union Commission (AUC), the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Abidjan Convention Secretariat, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Cartagena Convention Secretariat, Noumea Convention Secretariat, Bamako Convention, BRS Convention Secretariat, Minamata Convention Secretariat, CBD Secretariat, CITES Secretariat and the Secretariat to CMS.

Since its inception in 2009, the programme is continuing support to ACP countries and is now in its third phase. Phase 1 aimed to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, loss of biodiversity, drought, land degradation, chemicals, hazardous waste and other threats to the environment. Phase 2 built on the experience, lessons learned, and achievements gained from the initial phase, to further enhance the capacity of the ACP countries on two clusters of MEAs (Biodiversity and chemicals and waste management).

In the ACP MEAs Phase 3, the programme focuses on these three objectives:

  • improved enforcement of and compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements related to biodiversity (CBD, CITES, CMS) and chemicals and waste (Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata);
  • improved ACP countries capacities for the management of coasts and oceans in line with the related regional seas conventions; and
  • enhanced mainstreaming of biodiversity and of the sound management of chemicals and waste in agriculture in ACP countries in line with related MEAs.

FAO focuses on implementation of actions related to the third objective.  

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosts the Pacific Hub of the ACP MEAs 3 Programme. The key beneficiaries for the Pacific Hub are government officials from ministries/departments of Environment, Planning, Statistics, Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Foreign Affairs, Customs, Justice and other relevant ministries/departments determined, as well as local governments, parliamentarians, civil society organisations including women, youth and children, and the private sector.

The ACP MEAs 3 Programme consists of two (2) components:

  1. The effective implementation, monitoring, enforcement of, and compliance with MEAs related to biodiversity and chemicals and waste, also known as the SPREP Component; and
  2. The effective implementation of the regional seas convention to address pollution and integrated coastal zone management, also known as the Noumea Component.

The Work Plan and Budget of the ACP MEAs 3 Programme consist of activities and budget allocations for the two (2) components. These are led and delivered by our key Technical Programmes with the assistance of our Programme Coordination Team, to ensure project activities are aligned with the overall ACP MEA Phase III Programme objectives, budget; and activities are implemented in a coordinated, coherent, and integrated manner.

The ACP MEAs 3 Programme Coordination Team is based in the Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme of SPREP.  Please contact the following staff for further information on the ACP MEA Phase III Programme:

Mr Jope Davetanivalu
Acting Director of Environmental Monitoring and Governance
[email protected]

Ms Anastacia Amoa-Stowers
MEAs Coordinator
[email protected]

Ms Flavia Vaai
MEAs Support Officer
[email protected]

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