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Research and Capacity Development supporting SDG 14 and sustainable fishing harvest and Blue Growth in SIDS
by United Nations University -- Fisheries Training Programme (United Nations entity)
The United Nations University builds its activities on a range of programmes and institutes across the world. The Fisheries Training Programme, supported by its main sponsor, the Government of Iceland pledges to continue to provide scientific and technological knowledge in its search for sustainability in the use of fisheries and aquaculture. Essential areas of emphasis in making sustainable fisheries possible are research and education in policy making, fisheries sector development, stock assessment, fish handling and processing, and aquaculture which is a key growth area. It is crucial to focus considerable effort in developing countries in all these areas.

Achieving SDG 14, on the oceans and its resources, is important to several other SDGs. The Fisheries Training Programme is working towards more intersectoral projects, thereby making contributions to reducing hunger and poverty, providing a good education for men and women, reducing inequality, ensuring safe resilient lives and lifestyles for both men and women. These are all important actions that have been undertaken by past fellows of our six months post-graduate training in Iceland, as they have returned to their positions across 50 countries over the last 20 years. Evaluation activities have highlighted critical areas of development and the improvements in the next fifteen years will come from close cooperation between specialists in Iceland and elsewhere. Partnerships have been developed in research and training and both Iceland and partner countries commit themselves to the sustainability of one of the most precious resources, fisheries, available to society. Furthering the expertise and knowledge of fisheries specialists in a broad and diverse global network will put sustainable fisheries within reach in both developing and developed countries.

This voluntary commitment builds upon the established partnership between the UNU-FTP and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and our continuing focus on partnership in other SIDS countries. This commitment aims to address targets 14.4 and 14.7 under SDG 14. UNU-FTP commits to creating targeted training activities for fisheries scientists, managers, and policymakers in the developing countries. Through an institutional capacity building approach, UNU-FTP will collaborate with partners to identify priority areas related to fisheries management and will create tailor-made regional short courses to address these needs in cooperation with local partners and institutions. UNU-FTP will also provide rigorous, post-graduate level training on relevant topics to selected fisheries professionals from SIDS countries in areas which may include fisheries stock assessment, fish handling and processing, fisheries policy and industry management, or aquaculture. Specific topics of research and training will be identified through dialogue with partners and will take into consideration their priorities and aim to establish synergies with other development activities.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): capacity building
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Other : Capacity building
December 2022
Fisheries professionals will be offered 6 month post graduate training in Iceland,specialising in different areas of fisheries. a minimum of four fellows per year in 2018-2022
December 2022
Short courses in fisheries will be developed and delivered in cooperation with partner institutions in SIDS countries. Topic and target group to be decided in consultations with partners. A minimum of three such courses will be held in 2018-2022
Financing (in USD)
1,500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff of the UNU-FTP will contribute with technical knowledge and organisation
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2018 - December 2022
United Nations University -- Fisheries Training Programme
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Tumi Tomasson, Programme director, tumi@unuftp.is, +354 895 9807
Reykjavik, Iceland
Other SDGs
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