Trip to Maiana

Climate Change Assessments Activities at Maiana Supported by LDCF-I Project

This team was composed of officials from MELAD, Statistic Department, Ministry of Women, Youth, and Social Affairs who were accompanied by ECD`s Director who will do the former handover of the island policy.

The context responsibilities of this team are aligned with LDCF-I project objectives and goals that have been undertaken with the island through Te Bau-ni-maiana and island council such as these:

The handover of Maiana island policy on the conservation of marine and land resources known as community-based Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (CBMMP). This plan will outline the completion of Maiana island policy which will be officially signed and handed over on Saturday, 2 May, 2020.

Throughout this trip, the team will also carry out prominent tasks and consultations with villages` representatives known as Participatory Rural Appraisal aiming in collecting information on the impacts of climate change to the marine and land environment.

A house-survey will be conducted by the Statistics Department through questionnaire and interviews on household impacts resulting from effects of marine and land resources.

Initiating Food Security Project through the replanting of mangroves with locals, building the buibui at eroded areas, demarcating affected areas from climate change, turtle tagging, and planting trees at coastal areas.

The first consultation on establishing Maiana`s first Information System will enable the island to store useful and important information connected to the Environment and Food Security.

There are also tasks undertaken by this team enforcing Environmental policies such as investigating areas or businesses that might affect the Environment in any means.

Other Environmental outstanding tasks against the effects of climate change will also be carried out.

A team from MELAD left for Maiana on 1 May, 2020 undertaking the LDCF-I Project on resilience activities toward the impacts of climate change. Maiana is among the three piloted islands of the LDCF-I project.

The team will spend over a week at Maiana (1-10 May, 2020). The trip was supported by the Food Security Project, commonly known as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

The Official Handover of Maiana`s Resource Management Plan And Constitution to the Island Council.

The island of Maiana had hosted a feast at the island council`s Maneaba, called Te Ingungu n Tabwakea 2, to celebrate the handover of their island policies on 2nd May, 2020. The official handover was done between the leader of “Te Bau n Maiana,” and the Director from the Environment and Conservation Division. It was attended by councils from villages and officers from MELAD who came for the handover.

This policy targets the safeguard of nature resources in Maiana that could benefit and be used by locals. The MELAD team joined by the leader of “Te Bau n Maiana” have visited the twelve (12) villages of Maiana informing them about their island policy, so everyone is fully aware and understanding of the policy.

During the handover celebration, the leader of “Te Bau n Maiana” commended that his island is ready to initiate the policies with all costs. The Director from ECD-MELAD added stating the involvement of ECD in guiding and supporting Maiana with their new island policies. This island policies will contribute in addressing other relatable Environmental policies that council of Maiana was and is working on them.

As part of this island policies presentation to the council of Maiana, the Ministry of Women, Youth, and Social Affairs had given confirmation certificates to Te Bau-ni-Maiana as a recognition that their Organization is part of any policy initiations on the island.

The hope for this island policy in Maiana is a two-way initiative with MELAD through the Environment and Conservation Division in safeguarding and protecting natural resources for future generations.

The trip was supported by the Food Security Project, commonly known as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

Updates on MELAD team’s activities done in Maiana.

A team from the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agricultural Development had returned from Maiana after completion of their tasks during their one week official trip to the island. 

The team started their work after the official handing over of the CBMMP (Integrated Community Based Mangrove & Natural Resources co-Management Plan) conducted on Saturday, 2nd May 2020. The work started off with the pilot testing of the Environment Vulnerability Assessment Study through household survey at one village on Sunday 3rd May 2020. This survey was focused on the impacts of climate change and human activities, affecting the quality and integrity of the environment and the livelihood of the local people to determine the level of their vulnerability. The island will be revisited again for the completion of this Environment Vulnerability Assessment Study.

In addition, the team had also conducted their two (2) days workshop, which started on the 7th May and ended on 8th May 2020. The workshop was attended by six (6) participants per village, who were expert in their own traditional and local skills, thus the workshop attendees consisted of fishermen, traditional healers, local weavers, gardeners, traditional builders, and youth representatives. The objective of this workshop is to find out which natural resources each village has and to outline major throwbacks and issues imposed by climate change in their villages toward their natural resources and other livelihood means. 

The team had also completed field- work activities within the week as follows;

Environmental Auditing to seawall construction sites and coastal erosion areas in Tebikerai, Tekaraanga and Tebwangetua ( Tebieauea)
Cutting and removal of fallen coconut trees along the coastline at Tekaranga, Tematantongo,Tebiauea, Buota and Bubutei village. (marenauan Buota ma Bubutei). Overall 27 fallen coconut trees that had been removed successfully from the coast.
building a traditional seawall, known as “te buibui”, at the coast of Tematantongo village with representatives from villages.
And conducting a school visit to Tewaiwai JSS in Tebwangetua, raising awareness to the students on the importance of the environment and how they can help to safeguard it.
Furthermore, the team had also worked in cooperation with some villagers and youth representatives on Saturday 9th May 2020 thus carried out 

turtle tagging, whereby seventeen turtles were tagged
planting of five hundred and twenty one (521) mangrove seedlings, on the shores of Tebwangetua
and planting six (6) varities of pandanus trees, at the coastal area of Tebwangetua adjacent to the mangrove planting site.

The successful completion of these tasks on Saturday have marked the end of the team’s job on Maiana island, and thus returned to Tarawa on Sunday morning 10th May 2020.

The trip was supported by the Food Security Project, commonly known as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

Post-Harvest Fisheries and Value Adding Training at Abemama

A team of 5 officials from the Fisheries Division together for Abemama from April 21 to May 10 to conduct post-harvest training on the Island. The team undertook cooking training to the communities aimed in improving knowledge and skills of local communities on effective cooking methods that will help to enhance food security at the island level.

This is the second phase to roll out the training on post-harvest aiming to increase the island coverage. Throughout the training, they were able to disseminate awareness programs on plastics and waste management on the island ensuring that their marine and land environment are well preserved, clean, and safe for living and livestock against climate change.

Upon their visitation per village, the team was able to carry out practical cooking and hands-on demonstration on seafood recipes; bottle fish, smoke fish, fish balls, and sea grape recipe. Everyone in the villages had participated actively and interact through sharing of concerns and asking clarifications from the team. Along the training, the team had worked with Fisheries Extension staff who will undertake follo-up activities. The team started a training from the village of Kabangaki and finished at Tabiang with about 250 participants of which around 150 are women.e team conducted interviews with three to four participants per village to hear their stories on adapting to climate change conditions. Those feedbacks are full of gratitude with thankful hearts toward the programs especially the Project funding, hoping for more training programs with more cooking techniques during future visits.

The training was a success as commended by Bwameri Taningaboo, an old man from Tabiang expressing how grateful they are for having Abemama chosen as one among those piloted islands, and they will make sure to practice those trainings. The Mayor, Linda Ueanteang added saying, “this project is useful as it teaches us the value of our environment and natural resources to be preserved and nourished, so we can use them in times of natural disasters.”

The trip was supported by the Food Security Project, commonly know as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

For further information Contact

Teitirake Kabwaua(Ms)
Agt. Communication Officer - PAO; Project Management Unit - PMU
Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,

Handing over of LDCF-1 project donated boat to Maiana and Nonouti Island Councils

A team from LDCF 1 Project – a project on food Security in the context of climate change, has returned to Tarawa after conducting an official handing over of a speed boat to two of its piloted islands; Maiana and Nonouti islands.

The team was composed of officials from Coastal Fisheries Division (CFD) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Mineral Resource Development and Local Government Division (LGD) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who were involved in the initiation of this specific activity as key stakeholders to the LDCF 1 project.

The handover ceremonies were conducted both on Saturdays with different time frames; 25 April 2020 in Maiana and 9 May at Nonouti. The feast celebrations also commemorate the handing over of a Contract of Agreement for the speed boats and were attended by island Mayors, Council of Older men, and council workers on each island, including officials from the two ministries; MIA and MFMRD. Prior to the actual ceremonies, training was conducted for a few days by Fisheries to the Councils’ boatmen for proper operation and good maintenance.

During the celebration, a representative from the two (2) Ministries attended and commended the important role of the speed boat to the Island Councils. The boat will assist both of these Island councils to enhance their capacities in safeguarding their marine resources through enforcement, protection of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), conducting marine researches, and surveys needed to be undertaken by the Fisheries Division to enhance the harvesting of giant clams, sea cucumbers and other marine species.

Hence to that, the Mayors from each island, Maiana and Nonouti Island councils, have acknowledged this “gift” with gratitude, stating that this was one among their critical needs’ and they're so thankful. The boat handed will be very helpful to equip the Island Council and to boost Council’s effort enforcing their marine laws protecting their marine resources for present and future generations. They also affirmed their commitment in safeguarding their speed boat and to use it only according to their needs. The handover ceremonies were marked by cutting of cakes and the signing of the MOU that governs use and maintenance of the boat by the Mayors and the two representatives from both Ministries.

The trip, event and boat were supported and provided by the Food Security Project, commonly known as the LDCF-1 Project which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP, and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

Voluntary Gardening with China

On Monday, the 23rd of March, the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agriculture Development, joined by members of the Chinese Embassy, participated in voluntary gardening at the MELAD's agriculture plant in Bikenibeu, opposite of Otintaai Hotel. The event highlighted the Chinese government's support to the government of Kiribati in promoting the consumption of nutritious foods through gardening. They toured around the compound and finished off by planting tomatoes and melon. Those who participated were Councilor Hong, members of the Chinese embassy, engineers from the China Railway First Group, and Head of Departments and staff from MELAD. In addition to the visit, the Chinese embassy has also donated a cheque of $500 to the Ministry for the purchase of agricultural tools to help staff with the labor work.

The government of Kiribati, through MELAD, has plans to continue the work left from Taiwan. These plans are expected to be implemented in the near future, with the help from the Chinese government and the Government of Kiribati, once the issue regarding the Coronavirus ceases.


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