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Kiribati - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Kiribati is a coastal atoll nation, consisting of three main island groups scattered over 3 million km2 of the Central Pacific. The atolls are clustered into three groups: the Gilbert Group in the west, the Line Group in the east, and the Phoenix Group... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Kiribati’s economy and physical environment are highly susceptible to global changes. At the country level, this vulnerability is worsened by high population growth and its concentration at South Tarawa, the country’s capital and urban area... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (K-NBSAP), adopted in 2007, contains the overall objectives to rapidly gather and discuss in-depth information on terrestrial and marine biodiversity that could be used again by local communities to identify actions that can be taken at the resource owner/user level, community or island level to protect, conserve and sustainably use existing terrestrial and marine biodiversity, as the basis for all cash and non-cash income... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The enactment of the Environment Act (as amended 2007) and other regulations, notably PIPA, are addressing unnatural impacts acting on biodiversity... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Nationally, there are four existing legislations that support CBD objectives: the Environment Act 1999 (as amended 2007); Wildlife Conservation Ordinance CAP100 (revised edition 1977); Recreational Reserves Act (1996) and the Fisheries Ordinance (1979)... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The inadequate scientific baseline biological information on the status of biodiversity limits the management scheme with respect to monitoring and adaptive management... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Timi Kaiekieki
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, ICNP ABS NFP
Mr. Puta Tofinga
CHM Informal Advisory Committee
Ms. Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Timi Kaiekieki
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Puta Tofinga
BCH NFP

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