The Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) forms part of the Kiribati Government’s Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development. Its mandate is to safeguard the natural environment upon which life depends and to protect human health.
ECD Vision Statement:
“The People of Kiribati continue to enjoy a safe and healthy environment that is resilient to the impacts of global climate change and one that supports livelihoods, human health, and sustainable development”
ECD’s operational work programs are implemented by different Units within the Division. These Units are known as the Biodiversity and Conservation Unit (BCU), Climate Change Unit (CCU), Environment Inspectorate Unit (EIU), Development Control Unit (DCU), Chemical and Waste Management Unit (CMWU), Environment Outreach Unit (EOU) and the Wildlife Conservation Unit (WCU) which is based in Kiritimati Island. The operation and administrative matters of ECD are guided and supervised by the ECD management team comprising the Director and the Deputy Director who directly report to the Secretary of MELAD.
ISLAND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT:
- Strengthen national capacity and institutional frameworks for effective conservation, management and sustainable use of Kiribati’s terrestrial and marine biodiversity
- Strengthen national capacity to effective respond and adapt to climate change, with a particular focus on environmental protection and management.
WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION PREVENTION:
- To strengthen national capacity to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the people of Kiribati through effective and sound management of chemical and waste
- To promote the sustainable use and development of Kiribati’s non-living resources (land, water, coastal and minerals)
- To advance the development of capacities and systems for implementing effective environment governance.
ENVIRONMENT SPATIAL, DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
- All environmental planning, assessment and management activities in Kiribati are fully supported and informed by the best available data and information on SMART environmental parameters and indicators, and national SOE reports are undertaken every four years, with feedback loops whereby environmental policies, strategies and programs can be adjusted and refocused in response to the the environmental status and trends that are identified by the SOE reports.