About Us

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”

The assigned responsibilities or portfolios of the ECD are as follows:

Environment and Conservation

Environment Governance

Environment (terrestrial and marine) Scientific Research

Environment Licensing and Monitoring

Implementation and enforcement of Environment legislations and its Regulations

Climate Change & Sea level rise (adaptation, mitigation)

Pollution Prevention, Chemical and Waste Management

Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Biosafety Control and Management

Wildlife conservation and management

Reserves Recreational (Park) Management

Environment Awareness (Communication, Education and Public Awareness)

Regional & International Environment Organizations & Agreements (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Multilateral Environment Agreements)

World Heritage Convention

Integrated coastal and Foreshore management and protection

Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas including the Phoenix Islands Protected Area


Environment and Conservation Division Units

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.


Guiding Principles

The Kiribati Integrated Environment Policy (KIEP) is guiding the ECD’s implementation plan.  The policy provides framework for key thematic areas known as climate change, biodiversity conservation and management, waste management and pollution control, resource management and environmental governance.

The Environment and Conservation Division is responsible for overseeing all environmental programs implemented at the Division level to ensure that the environment is well protected and managed over the long period of time.  These environmental programs are well linked to the thematic areas of the KIEP and the Kiribati Development Plan and therefore contribute to achieving targets set out in those policies and plans.

The ECD mascot is “Nei Akoako” the Octopus



For more information, email: information@environment.gov.ki