ECONAURU and GEF Small Grant Programme to partner in implementing GEF SGP

 Welcome to The GEF Small Grants Programme

EcoNauru looks forward to working in partnership with GEF UNDP Small Grants Programme, which GEF SGP through UNOPs has approved EcoNauru as its key Partner to manage and oversee the GEF Small Grants Program in Nauru.  The presence of GEF SGP in Nauru would be a valuable opportunity for Nauru’s communities to fully engage with EcoNauru and GEF SGP in working collaboratively to address and achieve sustainable development by embracing GEF SGP theme “thinking globally acting locally”.  The programme will provide directly to communities financial and technical support to initiatives that are locally designed and managed, which promotes sustainable conservation and restoration of Nauru’s fragile natural and physical environment.   EcoNauru and GEF Small Grants Programme are working hard to ensure that GEF SGP is fully operational and providing much-needed training and assistance to vulnerable communities on Nauru in the near future.

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EcoNauru Executive Director Mr Haseldon Buraman to attend upcoming Regional Workshop

EcoNauru Executive Director Mr Haseldon Buraman to attend upcoming Regional Workshop on improving information and capacity for more effective Protected Area management in the Pacific from the 11-15 June 2018 Apia, Samoa.  The Workshop is co-partnered and facilitated by IUCN and SPREP.  The Workshop would give EcoNauru good ground information, technical skills and valuable network source to engage communities in effective Protected Area management especially within their designated coastal marine areas.

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

Nauru has earmarked several potential coastal marine areas for protected areas programmes with local communities but has yet to materialise the programmes.  Nauru Fisheries Marine Resource Authority (NFMRA) have engaged communities in this area but programmes have not eventuated.  EcoNauru with its experience with working in partnership with communities would like to pursue protected area management networks, as during a report done through SPREP, BIORAP which is a biodiversity rapid assessment done in 2013, where one of the founding members Mr Asterio Appi was instrumental in implementing the project.  The project identified rare, threatened or endangered marine species of Nauru: Giant clams, corals, sea turtles – these globally threatened species are all found in Nauru. Fishes – humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) and white tip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) and are classified under IUCN Red Listed.  The project identified key sites for protecting Nauru’s biodiversity and have identified three areas of marine areas (Proposed Marine Management Areas – PMMAs).  These areas are potential protected areas where EcoNauru seeks to engage with local communities with the aim of providing training and awareness for protecting the exhaustible resources. (Nauru Biorap report link)

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EcoNorfolk to Partner with EcoNauru and Womens Group

Mrs Denise Quintal the CEO for EcoNorfolk is working with EcoNauru to submit a civil society initiative project for a Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in Environment and Health, education and nutrition, which is also inclusive of governance, peace and security.  EcoNorfolk is reciprocating a previous project which they have achieved successful outcomes in Norfolk Island and would like to expand into the Pacific.  The project is currently in its planning stages so once that is completed the proposal will be submitted to Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for consideration.


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Environmental Problems in Nauru

Asbestos is a big problem for Nauru,   there is an alarming volume of asbestos mostly in the form of asbestos-cement in roofing and cladding on houses and buildings,  There is a substantial amount of  asbestos being removed from buildings, which has caused large stockpiles of asbestos waste around household  and public areas  which are detrimental to human health,

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