A team from MELAD through the Resilient Islands, Resilient Communities – Ridge to Reef (R2R STAR) project has now undertaking planning and preparation works prior its visit to the island of Butaritari which will soon take place on the 31st July to 2nd August 2020. This team comprised of government officials representing implementing partners from other relevant government ministries which include; the Local government Division of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Coastal Fisheries Division (CFD) of MFMRD and representatives from MELAD divisions of Lands (LMD), Agriculture (ALD) and Environment (ECD).
The purpose of this visit is for the project to conduct the first of its kind Inception workshop on the R2R STAR project – Resilient Islands, Resilient communities – and present to the Council of Butaritari a general overview of the project and proposed activities to be carried out as part of project implementation on the island. This is the second island visited under this project, similar to the first visit made also by the team to North Tarawa in February this year 2020.
The team’s visit to Butaritari under this R2R project will be led by MELAD Secretary with a support from the Director of Environment and the Project Management Unit who will be entirely facilitating full council meeting and other parts of the program to be conducted upon staying on the island for the duration of three days. The inception meeting with the councils will discuss important updates from the project with emphasis on the R2R project presentation from FAO as well as presentations from the implementing partners; ALD, CFD and ECD on their annual workplan.
The R2R projects provide support to some of Pacific island countries in enhancing biodiversity conservation and management to ensure social ecological resilience to climate variability and change. The targeted islands for Kiribati under this project are: Butaritari, North Tarawa,Tabiteuea North and Kiritimati.
This regional R2R project for Kiribati was financially supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with technical supports provided from Food and Agricultural Organization – FAO. The project will run for 5 years after the signing of project agreement in March 2018 between the Government of Kiribati and FAO of the United Nation, whereas implementation kicked off in April 2019.