Cultural Rehabilitation and Ecotourism Development in Maiana.

July 15 2020: Two officials from the Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) set off to Maiana for a cultural rehabilitation program and ecotourism development consultation ass adaptations of climate change from 14th to 28th June 2020.

The first week involved joining the Cultural Museum Division (CMD) team of 8 from the Ministry of Internal Affairs on their village consultations.  These consultations involved awareness on the significances of maintaining cultural heritage and planting of resilient local food crops to enhance their food security, maintain traditional cuisine, and to sustain local knowledge and practices in response to the adverse impacts of climate change.

One of the main activities TAK involved in was the cultural rehabilitation consultations with village elders (unimwane). This was the first ever joint Culture and Tourism mission of the rehabilitation of cultural sites for tourism significances and future generations.

The team consulted villages on considered initiatives for the preservation and beautification of those cultural sites. This joint task replicated the same mission on the other two piloted islands of Abemama and Nonouti.

Their awareness programs focused solely on the importance of Ecotourism and its linkages to cultural heritage, agritourism and other tourism related businesses development during the 2nd week of the trip. They also emphasized with communities identifying potential eco-tourism businesses as well as conducting Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis for each village. 

Each consultation`s ended with a training workshop on how to develop ecotourism packages and tourism itinerary development and planning.

The TAK team will revisit the island to cooperate with interested communities in commencing their eco-tourism business initiatives and to continue their engagement with CMB on the beautification of the identified cultural sites at Maiana.  Also, the hope of these activities is to augment strategies against the instabilities of climate change.

The trip was financially made possible by the Food Security Project, commonly known as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD

A ikarekebai n makuri Aobitin Katein Abara ma Aobitin te Kaneweaba iaon Maiana ibukin katamaroaan taabo ake iai rongorongoia n irekereke ma katei ao rikia n Kiribati ao barongakin waaki ni kaneweaba.

A karairaki mai Maiana uoman ana aobitia te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba imwiin karaoan te maroroo ma kaain te abamakoro man 14 nakon 28 n Tuun iaon katamaroaakin ao kawakinakin taabo ake iai rongorongoia ni kawai ma maaraia ao ai karaoan ma barogaakin waaki ni kaneweaba  ake a irekereke ma bibitakin kanoan bong ake ana kona n karaoaki iaon Maiana.

Inanon te uoua n wiiki, ao e kabanea teuana te wiiki ni makuri te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba ma aobitin Katein Abara (Umwanibong) ibukin te maroroo ma kaawa iaon te waaki ni katamaroa ma kateimaniian taabo ake iai kakawakiia (rongorongoia ao maaraia), unikakin kai n amarake aika kona n kaitarai bibitakin kanoan boong ae ena kateimatoa te mari ao te aki tatare ao ai kateimatoaan te amarake ma te rabakau ni Kiribati inanon rooro ma rooro n kaitarai

Teuana mai ibuakon ana makuri te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba e bon boboto iaon katamaroaan ao kateimanian taabo ake iai rongorongoia ao tera bonganaia ma unimwaanen kaawa. Aio bon te moantai iroun te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba ma Aobitin Katein Abara n kaai n makuri iaon aio ibukin te waaki ni katamaroa iaon taabo ni kaneweaba ao ni kakairua ao ai bon ibukia naba te roro ae tabe n rikirake.

E karaoaki te kaongora aio nakoia kaawa are e boboto iaon  aanga n katamaroa ibukin kateimatoan ao katikiraoan taabo ake ana kona n kabonganaki ibukin te kaneweaba. Aio ena bon karaoaki naba nakon aaba ake uoua ake a mena naba iaan te karikirake aio n aron Abemama ao Nonouti.

N ana kauoua n wiiki te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba ao e karaoa ao n katabangaka riki ana katanoata nakoia kaawa iaon bonganan te waaki ni karikirake iaon te kaneweaba ae irekereke ma te katei ma te rikia, te ununiki, kabonganaan te amarake ni Kiribati n taabo n kaneweaba ke n auti n iruwa ao a mwaiti riki are ana kona n karaoia man kaubwain abaia aika kona n reke. Rinanon te kaongora aio ao e karaoa naba ana kakaei te Aobiti ni Kaneweaba iaon taabo ma kaubai ake ana kona n karaoaki iai te karikirake nte Kaneweaba ao tuoakiia ba tera baika a riai n noraki moa imwain te karikirake n aron tamaroana ke nakoraoina, kabwakana, ana konabwai ao ai baika a kona n rota aron waakina ke kanganga.

E kainaki te mananga aio ma te reirei iaon karaoan ke barongakin bakete ni kaneweaba, waaki ni kaneweaba ao ai karaoan aia burokuraem iruwa iaon waaki ni kaneweaba ake atia n barongaaki.

E na manga kawara Maiana te tiim aio ni manga makuri ma kaawa ke komiuniti ake iai nanoia n kan waakina te karikirake nte kaneweaba ao n kateimatoa naba te makuri ma Aobitin Katein Abara ke te Umwanibong iaon taabo ake a tia n katebenakoaki ibukin mwakuriaia ao katamaroakiia ba ana teimatoa tamaroaia. Te kantaninga naba n taian karikirake aio bwa ana kona n kakorakora bwaai aika aki kantaningaki man bibitakin kanoan bong.

E mwanenaki te mwananga aio man te Karikirake ae te Tania ni Maiu (LDCF -Least Developed Countries Fund) rinanon ana karikirake te aonnaba ae te GEF(Global Enviromental Facility) are e wantongaki man UNDP(United Nation Development Program) are e a tararuaki man barongaki iaan te Botaki n Mwakuri Ibukin Enwaromenta, Aaba ao Karikirakean te Ununiki n mwangana ae Aobitin Tararuan te Otabwanin.