Canada, through CUSO and C-SPOD
, will continue to look for ways to support this important ecological program, even after the C-SPOD
program officially ends 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.
Kenneth MacKay, coordinator for C-SPOD
, says Fiji has been able to put in place a sustainable approach to fisheries management, and is now well-placed to assist other countries with the regional management of tuna resources in the Pacific.