The ACP MEAs Programme is a joint partnership of the European Commission (EC), African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The ACP MEAs Programme aims to build capacity support to ACP States to meet their obligations as Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to tackle the environmental issues they face. The programme intends to mainstream and implement the MEAs related to biodiversity and chemicals and waste such in agriculture, management of chemicals and waste, reinforce compliance and enforcement measures, strengthen implementation of the Regional Seas Convention in the ACP States.

The ACP MEAs Programme has undergone Phases 1 and 2.  It is currently in Phase 3 focusing on assisting ACP countries to enforce and comply with MEAs related to biodiversity, chemicals and waste management, ocean/seas governance clusters.

The implementation of the Programme is carried in three Hubs: African, Caribbean and Pacific Hubs. SPREP hosts the Pacific Hub. There are two main components of the ACP MEAs 3 Programme in the Pacific Hub: SPREP Component and the Noumea Component.

Project duration:    20 July 2020 to 19 July 2024

SPREP Component:    

 

  • There are four key result areas:
    • Enforcement and compliance with selected biodiversity and chemicals and waste conventions.
    • Development of national frameworks, legislations and mechanisms for the effective implementation of selected biodiversity and chemicals and waste conventions.
    • Development of knowledge sharing tools, guidelines and mechanisms for the effective implementation of selected biodiversity and chemicals and waste conventions as well as Conference of the Parties (COP) readiness and support.
    • Communications, awareness-raising, outreach, empowering political will.

Noumea Component:

  • Consist of 29 Activities
  • Total regional budget: USD 1.8million
  • Beneficiaries: 14 Pacific islands and Timor Leste
  • The focus of this component is on the implementation of the Noumea Convention as the Pacific’s regional seas convention:
  • There are four key result areas:
    • Reinforcement of the regional seas’ convention governance frameworks and associated protocols (reinforcement of existing mechanisms).
    • Development of regionally representative networks of Marine Protected Areas
    • Reduction of the generation and, influx of waste entering the marine environment.
    • Communications, awareness-raising, outreach, political will.

The ACP MEAs 3 Programme is based at the SPREP Campus in Samoa within the Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme.