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Nauru - 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.

Nauru is a geologically young, isolated and small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. The country’s soils are thinly layered and nutrient poor and heavily depend on the regrowth and development of vegetation cover for their restoration and regeneration, especially on mined lands... 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.

The following are key threats to Nauru’s biodiversity: phosphate mining and limestone industry; unsustainable population growth; climate change... 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.

Nauru’s NBSAP was developed in 2009, endorsed by the Government in 2013, however is yet to be formally implemented. The NBSAP contains 8 biodiversity thematic goals (mainstreaming; ecosystems management; species management; communities; access and benefit-sharing from the use of genetic resources; bio-security; agro-biodiversity; financial resources and mechanisms) and 9 cross-cutting issues goals (policies and legislation; community involvement; co-operation and coordination; public awareness; capacity-building; protection of genetic resources; prevention, control and eradication of harmful native and alien species; social and economic development; education)... 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.

Some traditional uses of terrestrial and marine biodiversity for food and livelihoods are still practiced today. This includes toddy collection from coconuts, noddy and frigate bird catching and traditional fishing practices... 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.

Biodiversity has been integrated into recently-developed policies for the other Rio Conventions (National Action Plan (NAP) (UNCCD) and the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) (UNFCCC))... 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 monitoring of biodiversity is unclear and seems non-existent which is a reflection of the absence of any effective and systematic national monitoring system of natural resources in the country, apart from the regular five-year population census cycles... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mrs. Mavis Depaune
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mrs. Mavis Depaune
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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