Environment Projects

Integrating global environmental priorities into national policies and programmes (CBII)


Project Purpose:

This project is part of the national capacity development strategy. It is focusing on the second prioritized cross-cutting capacity issue that is “Limited availability of data and information related to the three Rio Conventions and their thematic areas”. The National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) process identified that there was a lack of environment technical database and information on the three Rio Conventions and more generally on the three thematic areas in Kiribati: climate change, biodiversity and land degradation. It was recognized that the collection and dissemination of information on these areas to the public, including at the grassroots level, has always been a problem due to the scattered nature of islands in Kiribati; any environment community outreach programme has always been costly and time consuming.

This particular project is calling for countries to generate, access and use information and knowledge and to enhance capacities to monitor and evaluate environmental impacts and trends. Through a learning-by-doing process, this project will harmonize existing information systems, and integrating internationally accepted measurement standards and methodologies, as well as consistent reporting on the global environment. It will target the development of capacities at the individual and organizational level, strengthening technical skills to collect data and transform information into knowledge. The project will also target a more holistic construct of monitoring and evaluating systems through strengthening the institutionalization of these systems as a means to feed lessons learned and best practices from projects and interventions.


The main objective of CBII project

The project’s objective is to improve information management and compliance monitoring in order to achieve global environmental benefits. This objective will be achieved through two components/outcomes:

  • The development of an operational environmental management information system (EMIS) providing accurate and timely information: Under this outcome, project resources will be used to develop a comprehensive Environmental Management Information System (EMIS) at ECD that serves to create new and improved environmental data and information. The EMIS will also be accompanied by improved capacities to generate and use new and improved data and information for policy and planning purposes and training will be provided to strengthen institutional and staff capacities to use best practice methodologies in data collection and analysis for environmental mainstreaming and environmental protection and management in the face of global climate change.
  • The development of a compliance monitoring system (CMS) tracking key environmental indicators: The project will support the development of a compliance monitoring system (CMS). It will include the identification of a set of environmental indicators that will provide information on the state of the environment in Kiribati, including the drafting of national reports to international conventions. Under this outcome, the project will support the development of capacities to monitor and report on progress made towards achieving Rio Conventions commitments, and to feed that information to planners and decision-makers.


 Key activities and expected results of the project 

The project is to provide:

  • 50% of stakeholders with better use of information for capacity development activities in decision-making and policy-making
  • A structured and easily accessible way to store environmental data.
  • Hardware, communication and networking equipment to store environmental data and provide easy access to this information
  • Agreements between ECD and agencies/institutions to share data on a regular basis
  • Policies, programmes or plans in using environmental information from the EMIS
  • Regional sharing procedures by the end of the project
  • National communications/ reports with information from EMIS for on-time submission
  • Awareness to 50% of Members of Parliament about the existence of easily accessible environmental information at ECD
  • Set of environmental indicators in place and responds to national and international information requirements
  • Adequate official standards, norms and procedures used by the relevant institutions
  • The catalogue of in-service training programme include course(s) on environmental information management and monitoring system
  • 100 Public Servants with new training programme


Enhancing national food security in the context of global climate change

Implementing Agency: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Project Summary:

Lead Partner: Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD) – Environment and Conservation Division (ECD)

Implementing Partners: MFMRD, MIA (LGD & Culture), MoE, MCIC, KNTO, OB through KMS, ALD & LMD

Development Objectives:

To build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable Kiribati communities to ensure food security under conditions of climate change.The project will assist Kiribati to implement urgent resilience building actions.


The two projects major outcomes would assist Kiribati in the following ways.

Outcome 1: Institutional capacity developed to reduce vulnerability to climate change-induced food shortages:

  • National program for informed decision-making.
  • National Guidelines for Ecosystem-based Adaptation Management
  • National Coastal Zone Fisheries Monitoring and Conservation Awareness Program
  • National Coastal Zone Fisheries Conservation Regulation
  • Extension Officer Training and other rural stakeholders.

Outcome 2: Implementation of community adaptation measures to increase food security:

  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation Management Operational
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Monitoring Tool Operational
  • Island and Coastal Zone Strategic Natural Resource Planning Implemented
  • Island-based Coastal Zone Fisheries Monitoring and Conservation Awareness Program
  • Coastal Zone Fisheries Conservation By-laws Adopted
  • Climate Resilient Fisheries Management Practices Demonstrated
  • Models for Sustainable Tourism Demonstrated

Project Background:

The security of Island resources are being challenged due to population growth and the advancement of climate change. To address these challenges, the project will support two components (outcomes 1 & 2) and related activities on 3 to 4 pilot islands in the Gilbert Group. Both components will be closely aligned so that national and site-based activities are designed to build synergies, increase awareness, and generate much more informed and strategic use of natural resources so that ecosystem integrity is able to continue to function as the foundation of food security needs.

Component 1 will include helping to set in place an improved regulatory environment, strengthened institutional planning and policy frameworks, and generation of data required to support informed decision-making.

Component 2 will implement and demonstrate community-based adaptation measures,  using models for land and lagoon resources management that is predicated upon informed planning and management processes.

The project will work with extension officers responsible for both agriculture and fisheries resources, building their capacities, designated island councils’ staff, and rural stakeholders through training programs. Model programs for more sustainable and climate resilient practices will be tested, assessed, and ready for national replication.

All project activity will target the reduction of food security issues by setting in place capacities required for local communities to maintain and enhance ecosystem integrity. By project close, Kiribati should have operational models showing that food security, ecosystem integrity and climate change resilience can be enhanced through improved management approaches.



Third Quarter

This is a NEW project, just commenced this third quarter of 2016. An inception workshop was held on 6 & 8 July at USP Centre. Participants came from many Ministries. The purpose was to launch the start of the project, informing local stakeholders the start of the project, its overview and management structure and calling on their renewed commitment and support for country ownership.


Necessary documentations required for project initiation, are still being considered by the Steering Committee for endorsement and onward transmission to UNDP. The Key Stakeholders are planning the launching of this project at the pilot Islands ( Abemama, Nonouti and Maiana)

Project Monitoring Issues

Since the project has just commenced, not much had been done, except planning for this and next quarter. Undertaking ground breaking activities at the pilot islands this quarter will be on hold since all outer islands councils will dissolve this August and new councils will be re-elected by early October. Due to this, all outer island activities will be on hold until mid-October in the fourth quarter.