EcoNauru as the National Institutional host for the GEF, Small Grant Programme has submitted 3 community-based projects on the multi-focal area for GEF, SGP. The 3 projects are: firstly, a Community-based Marine Training for 5 districts of Menen, Ijuw, Denig, Buada & Boe Community. the training will focus on capacity building initiative on island sustainability based on marine and lagoon resources. The training will be conducted by University of Sydney. The second project is on Sustainable Agriculture & Horticulture Practice in Nauru, enhancing advance farming technology to provide alternative livelihoods for women and youth whilst strengthening the knowledge management on Island Biodiversity. The recipient of the project is Nauru Farmers and Growers Association. The third project is a small-scale piggery farming project which seeks to explore the benefits of biogas from pig waste. The recipient of the project is Ijuw and Denig Community.
The Pacific Regional Civil Society Organisation was represented by elected members of the Pacific Region. The members present were from diverse groups of Civil Societies such as Religious, Environment, Youth, Women, Sport and Disability. The group efforts were facilitated by Mrs Emele Duituturaga. The lobbying representative raised diverse topics to ensure that CSO’s shared common values which would form partnerships with our Regional Leaders as a way for forward for the Pacific Region. EcoNauru team would like to thank Caasi for her fruitful contributions during the CSO Dialogue.
EcoNauru will be hosting its Information Session with National Steering Committee on the 24th of January 2019. The following will be the agenda and venue for the meeting
- Endorsement of Inception Meeting Minute.
- Introduction of SGP Project Proposal Application form and Guidelines
- Call for an SGP Project Proposal (Due date/Screening)
- SGP Focal Areas (Sample reports will be provided at meeting)
- SGP Project Application Form & Guideline;
Meeting date: Thursday 24th Jan.
Venue: CIE Conference Room
Time: 0900am – 0100pm
“Please come on time as our venue is restrict to time slots.”
EcoNauru would like to congratulate Mr Haseldon Buraman for being officially appointed as the National Coordinator for GEF Small Grants Programme. Mr Buraman brings to the programme, extensive project management skills and environmental knowledge of sustainable resource management skills. He had successfully led and completed the GEF International Waters Resource Wastewater Management in the Pacific Region, http://www.pacific-iwrm.org/iwrm-demonstration-projects.html. Mr Buraman also has vast experience in Community work as he was a Community Leader for his District for over 5 years. We warmly welcome Mr Buraman to our small team and best wishes for a productive yet challenging task ahead.
All interested Nauruan Nationals are welcome to lodge their application and please refer to the attached pdf file for full information of the post advertised. For further information, please contact the undersign emails:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Please forward to the assigned emails your full Curriculum Vitae and at least two previous work references and pertaining qualifications
All best wishes to all interested applicants and please note that the closing date is on the 3rd of September 2018
EcoNauru Foundation is a Non Government Organisation that is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to ethnicity, religion and gender.
EcoNauru has officially formed a partnership agreement with UNOPS, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme). UNOPS has appointed EcoNauru to be the National Host Institution for the GEF Small Grants Programme and will have an operative budget under the 6th Operative Phase (OP6), and may also continue towards the 7th Operative Phase 7 (OP7). The Small Grants Programme gives Nauru’s communities opportunities for SGP grants direct to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. SGP complements the large and medium-sized GEF project funding by providing a window for the direct participation of NGOs, local communities, and other grassroots organizations.
EcoNauru will be advertising soon its recruitment process for a National Coordinator to oversee and manage the GEF SGP.
Nauru’s Drought Watch according to NIWA the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand rainfall stress forecast for Nauru to be critically low for the month of June and August 2018. (refer to Map 1 and 2)
(Sourced from NIWA NZ, ENSO Watch, June 2018: https://www.niwa.co.nz/sites/niwa.co.nz/files/ICU-May-2018.pdf)
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.
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) http://www.sprep.org/attachments/Publications/BEM/biorap-nauru-synthesis.pdf