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Kiribati participated in the IUCN World Conservation Congress

More than 10,000 participants, including presidents, ministers, scientists, business representatives and thousands of representatives from government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) converged in Honolulu Hawaii from 1 to 10 September 2016 in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. The congress was hosted by the United Sates.  The theme of the Congress, “Planet at the Crossroads,” focused on the recently agreed collective challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the next 15 years.   Kiribati was also participated in the congress through a representative from the PIPA Project Implementation Office, and a Kiribati national who
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ECD to boost internal capacity on Environment Act enforcement

The Environment Inspection Unit of the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) had conduct a training to the new officers on the Environment Act. The training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the new officers of ECD to ensure they build and had confident in enforcing the provisions of the Environment Act. As a key enforcement arm of ECD  this training is one of the key responsibilities of the Environment Inspection Unit to support, improve and strengthen ECD effort and capacity in law enforcement. The training ran for half day and was attended by the new officers including few existing
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Kiribati to Celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer has been celebrated since the 1994 around the world and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is held and celebrated every September 16 to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. The Montreal Protocol is an International Agreement which aims at restoring the ozone layer by controlling the production and consumption of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) gases. Kiribati is also a party to the Montreal Protocol. The Day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer
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Kiribati prepares for the World Clean Up Day

The Environment and Conservation Division of the Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development is making preparations to join the rest of the countries around the globe in the world clean up day. The World Clean Up Day will fall from the 16th – 18 of September 2016. Part of the plan for the preparation is to engage all government ministries, schools, Youth and Church Groups including NGOs and local communities in the clean up campaign and activities. They will be assigned with clean up sites and dates where they will go out and join hands with people around the
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Environment and Conservation Division embarks to enforce littering at public places.

The Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) had embarked to enforce littering at public places following series of awareness and consultations to the general public on littering. Under the national environment legislation, littering at public places is an offence and carries a penalty fine ranging from $10.00 to $500.00. Anyone found or seen litter at public places will be issued with a penalty fine notice on the spot. Enforcing the provision on littering at public places is still a challenge for the ECD since the enactment of the legislation. This is due to a limited number of enforcement staff versus the
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