Kiribati celebrates completion of ‘Land use & Coastal Vulnerability Assessments – Kiribati’ project

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Kiribati celebrates completion of ‘Land use & Coastal Vulnerability Assessments – Kiribati’ project

October 14, 2019    

Bairiki, Kiribati – The government of Kiribati will now be able to effectively monitor coastal changes and the vulnerability of its coastlines after the completion of the ‘Land use and Coastal Vulnerability Assessment’ project.

The need to train and upskill relevant staff on the latest Geospatial Information System (GIS) platforms for coastal mapping was identified by the government, and through the EU-GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy programme, those responsible are now able to use applicable assessment tools and methodologies to collect, process and analyze datasets for mapping coastal vulnerabilities. 

The Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agricultural Development (MELAD), Ms Taare Aukitiono said the project will greatly benefit the people of Kiribati.

“The knowledge and skills acquired through the project will transform GIS operations in Kiribati and has raised the competency level for the staff who will be instrumental in keeping government and communities informed on issues around coastal vulnerabilities.”

As a capacity development initiative, the project included tailored GIS trainings that involved field application at Makin Island, Kuria Island and Tabiteuea North, where GIS dataset were gathered with community based mapping approaches.

These datasets were used by GIS trainees for the production of coastline shift patterns, coastal land use change detections, 3D mapping and contouring, and developing land use plans for the respective islands. The processed data were then presented back to the relevant island councils and communities for them to understand status of their coastlines.

While receiving the handover certificate today, Secretary MELADextended her congratulations to the GIS trainees and expressed gratitude to implementing partners.

 “We are very grateful to the European Union for their financial support and also to our implementing partners, GIZ and SPC. This project will revolutionize our GIS operations to assist Government in effectively monitoring coastal changes and the vulnerability of its coastlines.”

The Land- Use & Coastal Vulnerability Assessments project is a climate adaptation initiative under the EU-GIZ Adapting to Climate Change & Sustainable Energy (ACSE) Programme funded by the European Union (EDF10) and administered by German International Cooperation (GIZ) and coordinated by Office of Te Beretitenti (OB) in country.
ENDS

Contact Information
Name: Ms Reei Tioti
Director of Lands
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 686 75021283

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