Survey and demarcation of Abatiku MPA and underwater cave in Abemama to strengthen the Community-Based Fishereis Management Plan.
A team of 5 staffs from Coastal Fisheries Division had returned from Abatiku, the islet of Abemama from conducting a survey and the demarcation on the Marine protected area (MPA) and the cave from 16th to 23rd August 2019.
The purpose of this work is to assess the baseline of the giant clam at the proposed MPA and the cave for later monitoring and for setting an official boundary for these sites for incorporation into the Fisheries management plan and the Marine Spatial Planning Map before they are physically deployed with buoys.
The work also extends to promote eco-tourism in order to capitalize these natural resources for income generation to the community and for effective conservation such as in the use of recreational areas for sustainable livelihood.
The team also reported that there is abundance in fish species such as emperor fish, parrot fish at the underwater cave site which can attract the tourists.
The selected site for an MPA is based on the concern raised from Abatiku community regards to the fishing of the giant clam from all the villagers in the whole island of Abemama is mostly done in Abatiku, hence there is a need to protect the giant clam resource before it is depleted. In this way the marine food resources for Abatiku community will be protected.
“In order to sustain our food security, there is a need to establish an MPA” Kautoa Teakoi, the village leader said. “Since it is known of its delicacy in which Kiribati rely on as their main diet and also one of the major sources of income for this community” Rateiti Vailmalie from Fisheries Division reported.
In the report the team highlighted that Tridacna maxima species (te were) commonly found in the area while other species such as Hippopus hippopus (neitoro) and Tridacna gigus (kima) present in low number. The whole area demarcated for the MPA has a total area of 600,230 square meter or 0.6 square kilometers in size.
Surveying this proposed site provides the snapshot of current status of clam with the expectation to get back for monitoring purposes in 1 year to check whether or not the protected sites is working for clam resource conservation.
The trip was supported by the LDCF-I project and funded by the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Programme. It is managed by the Environment and Conservation Division under the MELAD.
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Training to enhance the capacity of the vulnerable communities and established guest houses on Abemama on sustainable tourism.
The training carried on the 1st – 15th December 2019 in Abemama by Officials from TAK was another part of capacity building development program to support the gamefishing initiative as part of the eco-tourism venture on the island.
Under the LDCF-I project Abemama is one of the pilot islands targeted to earn $5,000.00 per year from the gamefishing initiative as a way to generate income from the coastal zone resources sustainably. It is also to motivate the locals for coastal fisheries conservation.
The expectation from this training is to get the locals ad communities prepared from the knowledge shared on the tour guiding, baking and hospitality services, housekeeping customer service and Front Office when the whole island is due to be opened up to international markets for fly fishing games. Therefore, they can organize their tour activities and programs.
2 villages and 2 hotels were covered in this hotel businesses training which are Reina, Baretoa the council and Taotin hotel in the training and hotel businesses. Abatiku and Tabiang were covered in the consultation on ecotourism and how to develop the ecotour program and packages.
Overall participants who attended the training and consultation was totalled up to 92 which 35% are men and 64% are women.
The training will also encourage the community people to actively engage in reviving any food conservation methods as well as valuing their cultural aspects and land and marine environments which can become parts of the tour programs and itineraries.
The training was supported by the Kiribati LDCF-I Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented under the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD-MELAD) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme.
Uarokoaia kaawa ake a kai rootaki ao outero iaon wakinan te kakairua ae iraorao ma te otabwanin.
Te reirei are e karaoaki iaon Abemama iaon kairakiia iruwa, te karao kabuki ao ai te kakairua ibukin 2 te wiiki are e moa man 1 nakon 15 Ritembwa bon teuana ma ibuakon reirei are ena ibuobuoki ni karikirakea rabakauia ma wanawanaia kaain kaawa aika Reina, Baretoa ao Abatiku n raona ma taan mwakuri n auti ni iruwa ake a tia n tei rabwataia iaon Abemama aika ana Outero Taotin ao Te Kauntira. Te reirei aio are e boutokaa te iango iaon te takakaro are te roa ikari ike ena boutokaaki kawakinana ibukin anaakin nanoia taan roa mai tinaniku ao ibukin naba kawakinan maeuia.
Iaan te karikirake ae te Tania ni Maiu ao e kantaninga Abemama bwa e na karekea $5,000.00 te mwaiti n mwane n teuana te ririki man rokoia irua n karaoa te roa ikari iaon te abamwakoro aio. Aio bon teuana te anga ni kareke mwane ae ibuobuoki are ena kaunga titinakin marin taari ao n kaungaia naba kaain te abamwakoro bwa ana maeuakinna.
E kantaningaki bwa e na katauraoia kaain te abamwakoro bwa ena reke irouia te rabakau iaon kairakia irua are emoa man butimwaeaia ngke a moan roko n te outero ni karokoa ai karaoan te kabuki. Aio are ena koan n buokia n baronga kanoan aia kaneweaba aonga n tuaraoi nakon tabeia ngkana ea kaukaki raoi Abemama nakon te mwakete n te aonnaba iaon te takakaro ae te roa ikari.
Bon 92 kaain te kaongora ao te angarerei ake a roko ao n ira te waaki aio ao bon 35 te katebbua mai iai bon mwane ao 64 te katebubua mai iai bon aine.
Tiaki tii ngaia ma te reirei aio ena kaungaia naba kaain te kaawa ke taan iira te reirei bwa aonga ni konaa ni iangoi riki aaro ma kawai ake ana konaa ni kamauii iai anua ni Kiribati iaon kawakinan te amwarake ni Kiribati ao n ataa naba bonganan ao kakawakin aia katei, abaia ao aia marawa ike ana konaa ni karini inanon aia kaneweaba.
Karaoan te reirei aei e bon boutokaki man te Tania ni Maiu ke te Karikirake ae te LDCF-I ao n mwanenaki man te Global Environment Fund (GEF) rinanon te UNDP ao n tararuaki iaan Aobitin Enwaromenta, MELAD.
During the closing of the training with Reina Community (Tikarerei Uriam, TAK)
Presentation of the Tour and Cultural Package (Tikarerei Uriam, TAK)
Recipe during the baking (Tikarerei Uriam, TAK)
Tour guiding training in Abatiku, Abemama (Tikarerei Uriam, TAK)
For further information Contact
Ereata Benson (Mrs)
Senior Officer – Training, Development & Special Projects
Tourism Authority of Kiribati, (686) 75125998 Mobile: (686) 73093355
Assistant Tourism Officer (Mrs)
Tourism Authority of Kiribati
Bweneata Kaoti Inatoa (Mrs)
Project Advocacy Officer - PAO; Project Management Unit - PMU
Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,
Butimwaean ana buoka LDCF-I tewaana te booti iroun te Kauntira n Abemama ibukin kawakinan te kaubwai mai taari.
A tia ni mwananga ana aobitia te Botaki n Akawa ao te Botaki n Mwakuri ibukin Tautaeka Inanoa n mwangana are e tabe ma Tautaeka n Abamwakoro n kawara te abamwakoro ae Abemama are bon teuana maibuakon ana abamwakoro te karikirake ae te Tania ni Maiu ibukin kamatoan anganakia ana buoka te karikirake ae 1 te booti n te botaki n katekeraoi are e karaoaki n 5 n Ritembwa 2019.
Oin te buoka aio bwa e na katoamaua aron ana waaki n tararua te karikirake iaon te abamwakoro aio ibukin tararuan te kaubwai mai taari n aron totokoan te ororo, tararuan taabo ake a katanaki ke taian MPAs, ao ai bon baoia taan mwakuri ibukin kabwebwean te were ao te kereboki ao kawarakin naba atimwakoro man te karikirake aio.
Ake a roko n kakoaua butimwaean te booti aio bon te Mayor ma ana Kiraka, kauntira ni kabane, botaki n aine ao ai irua tabeman man ana botaki n mwakuri te tautaeka.
E anga bwanana te Mayor ni kakaitau nakon te karikirake ae te Tania ni maiu ibukin reken te buoka aio irouia. Ao e tua man taku bwa reken te booti aio e na bon katoamaua aia kauntira ibukin tararuan te kaubwai mai taari ao ai buokan te karikirake ibukin kabaitian kakoroan ana takete.
E anga ana kakaewenako te Botaki n Mwakuri Ibukin Aaba Inanoa ke te MIA nakon te Kauntira ao te abamwakoro boutokan tararuan ao n kawakinan te booti kai e kakoaua bwa e boobuaka ao n kanganga rekena.
E anga naba ana maroro te Kauoman Tarekita man te Bootaki n akawa ao n katuruturua bonganan te booti aio nakon te tutuo ao mwakuri aika a na ibuobuoki n kateimatoa te mari ma te kaubwai mai taari.
Imwiin maroro ao e a nako naba korean te keeke iroun te Mayor, Te kaaman n Tia koroboki man te MIA ao ai te Botaki n akawa are bon kaotan te ikarekebai n butimaea ao n tauraoi n kawakina man kabongana raoi te buoka aio.
E bon karaoaki naba te tiaina imarenaia rabwata aika 3 aikai iaon te boraraoi ibukin kawakinan te booti aio ao n taorimwiaki nte baka n amwarake ni karokoa e bwaranako te bootaki.
Te mwananga aio e boutokaaki iaan ana karikirake te tautaeka n Kiribati ae te Tania ni Maiu n kaitarai bibitakin kanoan boong ke te GEF LDCF 1 Project. Aio ana karikirake te tautaeka are ngaia are mwanena naba moan waakinan ma karaoan te Kainibaire aio ao are e mwanenaki man ana rabwata te aonnaba ae te Global Environment Facility (GEF) rinanon te United Nations Development Program ke UNDP.
The formal handing over of the boat to Abemama island council from LDCF-I to enhance the conservation of the marine resources.
Officials from the Local Government – MIA and the Coastal Fisheries – MFMRD had returned from Abemama one of the pilot island under LDCF-I project after a formal handing over of the boat to the island council on the 5th December 2019.
The purpose of this aid is to assist the project in protecting and conserving of the marine resources such as in the enforcement of bonefish bylaws, protecting of the MPAs, cultivating of giant clams and sandfish, ark shell survey and other project activities.
The Mayor, the Clerk and the councilors, and some government officials were attending this event. The mayor gave his words of thanks to the LDCF-I project for providing the boat to their island council. He also said that, the boat will aid them in enhancing the enforcement of the bylaws or regulation for the marine resources and to boost the activity of LDCF-I project.
The Assistant Secretary from the MIA in his words challenged the island councils to use and keep the boat well as it is another asset that is very expensive. The Deputy Director from the Coastal Fisheries Division gave his remarks to and stressed to the island council that this boat is very crucial for the monitoring of the marine resources.
After the speeches, cutting of the cake was carried out by these 3 parties, the Mayor, The Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Director from Coastal Fisheries Division. This is to show their gratitude and collaboration to use wisely and keep it properly.
The last important part of this event was the counter sign between these 3 parties on the agreement to notify their roles and responsibilities in looking after this island council asset.
The trip was supported by the Kiribati LDCF I Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented under the Environment and Conservation Division through the support of the United Nations Development Programme.
Tabeua taamei n tain te bukamaru
N tain tiainakin te boraraoi iroun te Kauoman n Tarekita man Botaki n Akawa, Te Mayor, Te Kaman n Tia Koroboki.
N tain te koro keeke iroun te Kauoman n Tarekita man Botaki n Akawa, Te Mayor, Te Kaman n Tia Koroboki.
Kaain te bootaki ake a roko n kakoaua butimwaean te booti.
Ibukin bwanin rongorongona reitaki ma;
Bweneata Kaoti Inatoa (Mrs)
Project Advocacy Officer - PAO; Project Management Unit – LDCF-1
Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,
Senior Urban Management Officer – SUMO;
Local Government Division, MIA, 75021092