A team of 11 officials from various government ministries had returned from Nonouti after conducting various consultations with the full Island Council on October 25th and then visited all villages and wards thereafter till 4th November, to roll out their activities under the project Enhancing Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change, managed by MELAD.
The team conducted participatory rural assessment (PRA) which is a component of the Whole of Island Approach (WoIA) to assess the vulnerability of the island under conditions of climate change. The Environment and Conservation Division led the team drawing experts from Office of Te Beretitenti, Local Government, Agriculture, Fisheries, Environmental Health, Lands, Water and Statistics.
The assessment focused on collecting information from communities, men, women and youth groups on seasonal changes to the environment as observed in plants and marine species, including climate change issues, drawing comparisons between 5 to 10 years back and the present.
At the same time additional information were collected on food security details to provide baseline date to feed a monitoring and assessment tool on adaptation.
Household surveys was also undertaken during the team’s visit to the island, involving Numerators recruited for the 2015 census of one per village. An initial training of 1.5 days was facilitated by the Statistics officials before each Numerator conducted a survey in one’s own village or ward. They managed to cover 10% of the households. Such information would contribute to the vulnerability assessment.
While on the island, the Local Government official undertook consultations with the full island council, for the first and second reading of the draft bye-law on fisheries resources management. Prior the second reading of the bye-law on 2nd of November, the Local Government team visited all villages and wards to get feedback from communities on the passing of the bye-law from 25 October to 1st November.
These activities are some initial phases of more activities that will roll out for the remaining 4 years of the project. Nonouti is one of the three pilot islands where the Food Security project will be implemented, that is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and administered through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP