The Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) of the MELAD is holding a 3 day national workshop, 14 – 16 April 2017, to finalize the National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Land Degradation and to mitigate the Effects of Drought. Attending the workshop are stakeholders from relevant government ministries and NGOs including private sectors. The workshop discuss and validate priority land degradation and drought issues including the causes and drivers, and setting the targets and formulating practical key activities to address the issues of land degradation and drought in Kiribati in the next 5 years, 2017 – 2022. Coordination and monitoring of the NAP implementation are also discussed in the session. The workshop is financially supported by UNEP and facilitated by the independent consultant, Mr Tepa Suaesi from Samoa, and the ECD.
Kiribati being a party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, is required to formulate its National Action Plan to address and mitigate the issues with land degradation and drought, and to align it with the UNCCD 10-year strategy.
Kiribati hopes to have its NAP formulated and finalized by the end of March 2017.