Automated weather stations to benefit island communities in the pilot islands of the LDCF-I Project

The installation of automated weather stations (AWS) in Maiana, Nonouti and Abemama in Kiribati has opened up opportunities for weather forecasters and local communities.

The AWS was set up in March this year on these three islands by the Kiribati Meteorological Services and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) funded by the Kiribati LDCF-I project.

The capture of real time data by the AWS will provide the Met Service with information for reporting on weather and climatic conditions – information that is crucial for everyday activities on the islands.

“This weather system will facilitate the generation of updated information for the weather forecasting which contributed to the whole community on the island for planning purposes” said Linda Uenteang, the Mayor of Abemama.

The weather reports and climate information sourced from the data received daily through the automated weather stations is expected to help farmers better manage their crops and assist fishermen with their plans.

“This weather station can also contribute to the school awareness as it also part of the Kiribati Primary School curriculum” said Nei Tuukate Tavita, head teacher at the Abitabu Primary School in Maiana.

The men who assisted in clearing the site in Maiana are proud that it is the first weather station to be installed on the island and that they feel a sense of ownership and have agreed to look after the equipment.

The AWS reports can assist with early warning systems and flight management plans for the civil aviation authority.

The island councils assisted with the installation of the automated weather stations by clearing the land at the installation site. They also engaged in the ceremonies to mark the opening of the weather stations.

Maiana, Nonouti and Abemama are the three pilot islands under the project.

The Kiribati LDCF I Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), managed by the UNDP and implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD) through the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD).

For further information Contact

Bweneata Kaoti (Ms)

Project Advocacy Officer – PAO; Project Management Unit – PMU

Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,

kaoti.bene@gmail.com