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Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Ark shell survey on Nonouti Island' July 2018

A team from the Research and Monitoring Unit at the Fisheries Division have visited Nonouti to verify the stock of ark shell “cockled shellfish”, locally known as te bun, and to explore potential sites habitable by this type of seashell. The team also examined a future translocation program, in order to establish multiple populations to support the marine food sources for the islanders. The team carried out consultations with seven village communities from Te Nanoraoi to Teuaabu.

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - Clam and sandfish farming program on Maiana Island - July 2019

Fisheries officials visit Maiana island to carry out the deployment of clams, collect the matured maxima and hippopus for broodstock and to identify potential sites for sandfish farming. The program is in response to concerns raised during the Community Based Fisheries Management consultation in May 2019 about the decline in the abundance of these fisheries’ marine resources and the threat to their livelihoods, in particular the depletion in the number of clams as one of their marine food sources.

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Culture and museum mission on Abemama Island' March 2018

On 4 March, 2018, a team of three from the Culture and Museum Division visited Abemama Island, one of the Southern islands of the Gilbert Group in Kiribati, to undertake activities supporting food security in the face of climate change. The trip involved a workshop around theory and practical training in planting long-term native trees considered valuable in sustaining food security, promoting economic activities and preserving traditional cultural values and practices. The training was attended by household representatives including elders, middle-aged men and women, and youth, totaling 182 participants.

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Collecting Information on Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation on Abemama Island' - March 2018

A team of ten from the KNEG (Kiribati National Expert Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management) of the Office of the Beretitenti visited the island of Abemama from the 21st to the 30th of March 2018 to collect information on climate change vulnerability and adaptation issues. The trip was jointly coordinated by the Office of the Beretitenti and the Environment and Conservation Division of MELAD and it is part of the Government's ongoing efforts and programme to understand each island’s key vulnerability issues related to the adverse impacts of climate change and to help with planning and decide what action should be taken.

 

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Financial Literacy training and physical assessment of Nonouti' February 2018

Officials from the Ministry for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, departed Tarawa on 24 February 2018 for Nonouti Island. The team members spent nine days on the island to conduct awareness and training programs in relation with empowering Food Security and Climate Change.

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Fisheries and Internal Trade Outreach on Abemama Island'

Outreach to communities, on fisheries postharvest for value-adding, and training on financial literacy, has taken place on Abemama Island in the central Gilbert Group of Kiribati, February to March 2018, with government officials from Fisheries (MFMRD) and Commerce (MCIC) visiting the island. The activities are components of the Food Security in light of Climate Change project, better known as the LDCF project, managed by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD), with fund support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and administered by UNDP. 

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Fisheries creel survey at Abemama Island' - March 2018

A survey mission has been completed by the Research Unit of the Coastal Fisheries Division (CFD) of MFMRD on Abemama Island, collecting information on the reefs and lagoon fish from fishermen; collecting bonefish for biological sampling; and for training of new project recruit (Fisheries Extension Assistant) on creel surveys to complement the CFD ongoing monitoring surveys. A creel survey was carried out for the purpose of documenting demographic and fishing behavior, catch size and weight, effort (fishing time spent and gears used) and fisher’s perception on status of marine resource. The team carried out18 surveys at different villages including Kabangaki, Baretoa, Tekatirirake and Tabiang.

Press release for project 'Kiribati: Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Climate Change' (GEF-LDCF) - 'Promotion of gardening at schools on Abemama to enhance food security in light of climate change' - March 2018

Two Education (MoE) officials visited Abemama from 20th February to 02 March, to consult and raise awareness of school communities on gardening under the Food Security Project, better known as the LDCF project, managed by MELAD, with funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and administered by UNDP. The team visited four primary schools, JSS, and three private senior secondary schools to speak with head-teachers/principals, teachers and students, school committees and school improvement plan communities, about the significance of the project and how MoE contributes to the project at the school level.

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