Launching of the LDCF project

Enhancing of Food Security in the context of Global Climate Change at Abemama.

A team of 11 officials from various government ministries have returned from Abemama after conducting groundbreaking consultations with the full Island Council on October 19 and island representatives on October 20th at Kariatebike village, for the project Enhancing Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change.

A statement from the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development says the full Island Council meeting attracted 16 members from Kabangaki to Tokamauea wards and the islet of Abatiku in which a concern was voiced by some Councillors on the lack of appropriate measures to manage the unsustainable harvesting of marine resources.

As it is still early days for the newly elected Council to begin its work, this issue will be one of the many issues to be addressed once their Mayor has been elected, to develop a management plan and bye-law that would sustain their marine resources in light of climate change.

The second consultation with the village wards’ representatives had a turnout of more than 80 participants from the Elders’ group, Women, Youth, schools of which there were 4 Primary schools, 1 JSS and 3 Senior Secondary schools, as well as co-operatives from the fishing, agricultural and copra associations.

Participants believed that there have been dramatic declines and disappearances of certain marine resources, especially the fish spawn runs, due to the development of causeways closing the natural channels of the island that the people of Abemama were used to.

The consultations marked the commencement of this project to raise awareness of the islanders so they are well informed of the activities that Government has rolled out, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

The project is executed by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD), with other implementing partners from Office of Te Beretitenti (OB), Ministry of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD), Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives (MCIC), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development (MFMRD) and Ministry of Education (MoE).

The team will be visiting Nonouti today for the same mission.

The 5-year project has US$4.45 million dollar funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the implementing agency, UNDP, provided US$140,000.

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