The ATSEA-2 operational framework combines global reach with regional collaboration and national coordination. This allows the project to operate effectively at both the local level and in the wider, regional context of the project.


ATSEA-2 is managed at a regional level by the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) and guided by PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) as the executing agency. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency for the Programme.


Activities at the national level are synchronised by national coordination units (NCUs), guided by the RPMU and reported to national project boards in each of the countries.


In Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, a diverse network of regional authorities, government ministries, consultants, partners and support staff synergize their efforts through an established chain of command.


ATSEA-2 comprises numerous roles and departments, each with its own expertise and responsibilities. From executives and beneficiaries through to implementing partners and environmental advisors, the working structure of ATSEA-2 has been designed to offer a democracy of ideas, within a comprehensive and cohesive organisational design. Here is a closer look at each of the key junctions in this collaborative framework:


UNDP is the primary Implementing Agency for the programme, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and responsible for channelling resources to the Executing Agencies (also known as UNDP implementing partners).



PRF has signed Project Cooperation Agreements with UNDP to manage RPMU and the Papua New Guinea component.

Implementing Partners:

  • Indonesia: Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF)
  • Papua New Guinea: PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF)
  • Timor-Leste: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF)
  • Regional: PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF)



Made up of representatives from national government and lead agencies in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) is responsible for general oversight of project implementation. This includes:

  • Review of overall project annual work plans
  • Approval and implementation of budgets
  • Progress reports and project evaluation

The RSC meets at the commencement of the project and then annually over the first 5 years. Meetings of the RSC will rotate around each of the ATS beneficiary countries. The first RSC meeting was held in Bali in 2019, with the next one scheduled for November 2020 in Dili.



Established in each of the three beneficiary countries and with direct lines of communication to the RSC, National Project Boards include representatives from lead governmental agencies, national planning/development agencies and UNDP country offices. Their remit is as follows:

  • Support the national coordination units
  • Review procurement results and progress reports
  • Approve national project work plans

The National Project Boards’ wider function is to facilitate the project activities, supporting strategic decisions from the RSC in order to fulfil the project’s obligations to international funding donors.



Headquartered in Bali at a dedicated office in the Tuna Research Center, the RPMU is responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the project. This includes the following:

  • Reporting to the EA and IA.
  • Arranging logistical support for operations
  • Supporting the implementation of the project



Established in each of the three beneficiary countries and based in locations where field activities are planned, NCUs work together with local partners, regional governments and NGOs. Each department consists of a National Coordinator and Finance/Admin Associate in each location, with an additional Site Mobiliser in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.