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Niue - 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.

The nation of Niue consists of one island in the south Pacific Ocean. It is the smallest independent nation in the world but is the largest uplifted coral atoll... 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.

Niue’s ecosystems and biodiversity are particularly vulnerable to disturbances because of its small size and isolation. Threats include natural disasters like cyclones, some fishing techniques, coral bleaching in recent years, natural instability and alien invasive species... 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 vision of Niue’s NBSAP (2001) was to turn Niue into an environmentally-friendly nation supporting the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity, which will then be able to support all of its living community... 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.

In association with the Government, one of the main aims of the Niue Organic Farming Association (NIOFA) is to work towards declaring Niue the first organically-certified nation... 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.

Niue’s legislative system takes into account many aspects of biodiversity conservation. As a requirement under the Environment Act (2003), the Environment Impact Assessment Regulation was set up as a legal framework to guide development initiatives in the country... 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 Environment Act (2003) provided for the establishment of the Department of Environment as the focal agency for the implementation of all environmental agreements, and further provided for the establishment of an Environment Council to coordinate the work of government departments regarding the different requirements of the CBD, UNCDD and UNFCC... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Sauni Tongatule
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, Protected Areas NFP, Resource Mobilization FP
Ms. Christine Ioane
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Sauni Tongatule
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP
Ms. Christine Ioane
Cartagena Protocol Secondary NFP

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