CIDP Project Steering Committee meets
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:19

The Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP) programme hosted the Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting on 25–26 January 2018 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.  This was the second meeting of PSC and it provided a forum for members to discuss implementation of the programme.

PSC is the governing body of the project and provides strategic leadership and governance oversight. It makes key policy decisions and guides the Pacific Community Land Resources Division in the execution of the project. Effective oversight is ensured through regular reports and project updates.

The meeting reviewed and endorsed the 2107 project progress report and 2018 work plan and budget for CIDP. It also agreed the allocation of an additional € 500,000 to the project and endorsed utilisation of the additional funds to address two key issues for coconut industry sustainability: seed supply for replanting, and control of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (G type).

CIDP will now support development of model public and private seed supply systems in four countries, based on immediate need and prior requests for support in this area. Tonga will be the first country to receive this support, contributing also to the Cyclone Gita recovery efforts. The critical situation of the rhinoceros beetle in Solomon Islands will also be addressed, with support in the areas of awareness raising, surveillance and control. Awareness and preparedness support will then be expanded to the region.