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Tuvalu - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Fourth National Report




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.

Tuvalu is located in the Central Pacific and comprised of three reef islands and six atolls, with a total land area of only 26 km2. The islands are generally low with an average height of one metre above sea level while the highest elevation is no greater than 4 metres... 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.

Perceived threats can be summarised as arising from deleterious human actions and negative attitudes towards the environment, leading to inappropriate behavior such as littering, over-fishing and hunting, use of fishing nets and modern fishing methods, use of guns and the introduction of pests, use of inappropriate technologies (e.g... 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.

Tuvalu became a CBD Party in 2002 and is currently in the process of finalizing its NBSAP. Up to now, it has largely relied on the Tuvalu National Environmental Management Strategy (NEMS) published in 1997... 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 of the environment projects identified for the period 2007-2009 have been actioned, such as funding for a solid waste management plan, establishment of more conservation areas, development and implementation of Environment Impact Assessment policies... 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.

Tuvalu has actively participated in various national, regional, and international capacity-building environmental initiatives. One such initiative is the UNDP-funded South Pacific Regional Capacity 21 programmes through which the country focused its efforts on the development and formulation of a National Environmental Strategy (NEMS)... 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.

Collection of baseline data on quantity, mass and species caught began in December 2008 for the inshore Funafuti fishery. In the outer islands, except Niulakita, Community Fisheries Centres are collecting data on fish mass and species only... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Temate Melitiana
CBD Primary NFP
Mr. Mataio Tekinene
CBD Primary NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Ms. Tilia Tima
CHM NFP, Protected Areas NFP

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