The final review on Maiana Island Strategic Plan (ISP) for enhancing food security in the face of climate change.

A team of 3 officers from the Local Government – Ministry of Internal Affairs had spent a weekend in Maiana from 25 – 27 October 2019 to meet with “Te Bau ni Maiana”, – a group comprised of old men on the island or the Elders Cycle.  

This is the second time the team visited the island with a purpose to consult with ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ and solicit support on the draft ISP. The drafting of the ISP had been initiated since April to May this year through a 4 days consultation workshop with the Council and other relevant bodies on the island. The consultation is to officially seek ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ blessing and endorsement on the draft ISP.

Eventually, the meeting will provide an opportunity to members of Te Bau ni Maiana to review the draft ISP, scrutinize and make final inputs before publication. The team recognized the important role of ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ – as the highest and well-respected decision-making body throughout the island, therefore the consultation with them is of paramount. It is anticipated that seeking the green light and support of ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ is very crucial at this stage to ensure for a smooth implementation.

During the consultation, there are 50 issues identified in the draft ISP for Maiana. Among the issues were the problems relate to the conservation and protection of land and marine resources for sustaining food security on the island. ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ acknowledged the importance of this document and was very grateful to the Government of Kiribati for developing this.  ‘Te Bau ni Maiana’ spokesperson confirmed ‘Te Unimwaane’ saw the merit of this document for the whole Maiana and will take it as the guiding document to help and enhance island to safeguard and nourish their resources for today and in the future. He also said they are very glad and supportive to the implementation of the ISP.

The trip was supported by the Kiribati LDCF I Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented under the Environment and Conservation Division through the support of the United Nations Development Programme.

For further information Contact

Regina Rotitaake (Mrs) and

Bweneata Kaoti Inatoa (Mrs)

Project Advocacy Officer – PAO; Project Management Unit – LDCF-1

Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,

bweneatak@environment.gov.ki