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