On May 15, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) participated in a virtual meeting with James Cook University (JCU) to discuss their partnership under the Maritime 2.0 Project. The project, titled: “Enhancing the Role of Civil Society Organizations in Southeast Asia in Marine Resource Management, Maritime Security and Policy Implementation,” was the focal point of the meeting, which aimed to negotiate and deliberate on the project’s logistics, scope and partnership arrangement.
The Maritime Consultancy 2.0 is a regional program initiated by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Its objective is to assist civil maritime security policies, framework, and capabilities, while promoting adherence to rules-based norms and established international laws.
This four-year project has three (3) streams or components with Palawan being selected as one of the sites for Stream 3, focused on Civil Society Engagement in collaboration with James Cook University.
Stream 3 aims to enhance collaboration between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Government through capacity development and sharing, and the establishment of a Community of Practice (CoP) centered on effective and sustainable management of marine and maritime resources.
As an initial step, JCU has sought for partnership with PCSDS to implement Phase I of the project under Stream 3 through a Collaboration of Agreement. This agreement will lay the foundation for joint efforts and cooperation between the two organizations in advancing the goals and objectives of the Maritime 2.0 Project in Palawan.