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*Excerpt from 'Nauru National Development Strategy 2005-2025: 2009 rev.'
Policies and Institutions for Environmental Sustainability [NSDS]

Nauru's major…

Adaptation Learning Mechanism [climate change adaptation] country profiles
Nauru

Asian Development Bank Country Profiles and Strategies
Nauru

Biosafety Profiles [CBD Biosafety Clearinghouse Mechanism]
Nauru

Birdlife [Avifauna] Profiles

see Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World - browsable by country and by individual island within the Pacific region - excellent data source

see also Species profiles [*For the Globally Threatened Birds (those evaluated as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable), each factsheet contains a summary account, range map and an illustration, plus additional data tables. For Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Near Threatened, Least Concern and Data Deficient species, each contains a concise summary paragraph and some additional data tables.] [Birdlife International]
Nauru

see also Endemic Bird Areas [EBAs] of the Pacific [Nauru (secondary area)]

see also Important bird areas of the Pacific [IBAs] (2010) [Birdlife Pacific]

IBA Profiles: 
Nauru

IBA Reports:
Nauru,

* order the complete CD-ROM 'Important bird areas in the Pacific: a compendium' from the SPREP IRC

see also Pacific regional overview [Birdlife International] 
see also Globally Threatened Birds (those evaluated as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable) of Oceania [Birdlife International]
see also State of the World's birds website and report [Birdlife International] - including Pacific country case studies

Country Climate Profile [UNDP]
* Sourced from the Adaptation Learning Mechanism, a knowledge sharing platform developed by UNDP in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Bank, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Pacific Climate Change Portal (NEW)

Earthtrends Thematic Country Profiles [WRI]
Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and protected areas, Climate and atmosphere, Coastal and marine ecosystems, Economics, business and the environment, Energy and resources, Environmental governance and institutions, Forests, grasslands and drylands, Population, health and human well-being, Water resources and freshwater ecosystems.

Ecoregion Profiles [World Wildlife Fund]
Tropical Moist Forests
Eastern Micronesia [Marshall islands, Nauru, Kiribati]

Environment Statistics - Country Snapshots [UN; 2009]
Nauru

Environmental Vulnerability Index - Country Profiles [SOPAC / UNEP]
Nauru

EU Pacific Country Environment Profiles

see also EU Country Partnership Profiles [incl. environment and EDF10 strategies]
Nauru

FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System
Nauru

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profiles 
Nauru

Fishbase Biodiversity Country Profiles (all fish)
Nauru

Forestry Country Profiles 
Forestry Department Country Profiles [FAO] 
Nauru

see also FAO Forest Resource Assessment : Country Reports [2010]
Nauru (2010; 40kb)

see also State of the World's Forests 2007: Asia and the Pacific [FAO] (2008; 1.77mb)
see alsoTropical and subtropical forest profiles prepared by the World Wildlife Fund

see also Mongabay Rainforest profiles:
Nauru, Palau

Global Biodiversity Information Forum [GBIF] Country Profiles 
Nauru

see also GBIF Google Earth Country Links
Nauru

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Country Profiles
Use the drop down menu to go to the individual profiles - includes GEF-4 Allocation and Utilization , Approved Projects and Projects Under Preparation

Integrated Water Resource Management Profiles [SOPAC]
Nauru

Invasive Species : Country Profiles [ISSG]
Nauru

see also PIER reports on invasive species in Pacific islands:
American Samoa , Commonwealth of the Northen Mariana Islands - Rota , Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia - Chuuk, Kosrae, Kiribati, Niue (2000) / Niue (2004), Micronesia (all) , Palau, Samoa, Tonga

Land-based pollutants inventory for the South Pacific region: Part 2: Regional summary and country profiles [SPREP] (1993; 19mb)

Laws and legislation

Pacific islands Environmental Laws [Commonwealth Secretariat]
Nauru

SPREP National Laws and Legislation clearinghouse
Nauru

see also 'Legislative reviews' in Country Reports (below)

Mangrove and Wetlands Profiles

see : A Directory of Wetlands in Oceania [1993]
see also: Wetlands of the Pacific Island Region (2008; 882kb)
see also: IWMI Global Wetlands - Interactive Web Map Server - includes countries of Oceania 
see also: Wetlands in Oceania - country profiles and wetlands information [UNEP-WCMC] - Nauru

Marine Resource Profiles
Nauru (2002; 634kb)

see also:

Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority: Information

see also:

State of the marine environment in the South Pacific Region (1990; 3.48mb)

see also:

Reefbase Country Profiles (coral reefs, reef fish, biodiversity)
Nauru

see also GIS data for corals in the Pacific from Reefbase - browse by country and reef profile
see also GIS data for marine protected areas in the Pacific from Reefbase - browse by country and ecosystem

National Communications Support Programme [Climate] Profiles [UNDP]
Nauru

Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum Country Data:
Nauru

Pacific Regional information System - PRISM [SPC]
Environmental and Climate Statistics 
Nauru

Plant Profiles
Nauru (SPC; 19.2mb)

see also: THE VEGETATION AND FLORA OF NAURU – 2007. Current Status, Cultural Importance and Suggestions for Conservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation, Agroforestry and Food, Health and Economic Security (SPC; 68mb)

 

Protected Areas

Pacific Islands Protected Areas Portal (NEW)

Protected Planet - Search the World Database on Protected Areas

Protected area profiles in Nauru

Reefbase GIS data for marine protected areas in Nauru
see also GIS data for marine protected areas in the Pacific - browse by country and ecosystem

SocMon profiles (Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management ) - Pacific

SPREP Country Profiles: Exchange of Information by Members at SPREP Annual Meetings:
- Exchamge of information by Members on National Developments related to Natural Resource Management Priority of the Action Plan [2007]

see Agenda Item 6.1: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 18th SPREP Meeting of Officials in Apia, Samoa on 11th to 14th September 2007

- Exchange of information by Members on national developments related to Pollution Prevention priority of the SPREP Action Plan [2008]
see Agenda Item 8.6: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the19th SPREP Annual Meeting of Officials in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on 8–12 September 2008

- Exchange of Information by Members on National Developments Related to the Climate Change Focus Area of the SPREP Action Plan [2009]
see Agenda Item 11.2: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 20th SPREP Annual Meeting of Officials in Apia, Samoa on 17 - 20 November 2009

- Exchange of Information by Members on Year of Biodiversity [2010]
see Agenda Item 11.3: Country Profiles of the Report and record of the 21st SPREP Meeting of Officials in Madang, Papua New Guinea on 6-10 September 2010
see also individual profiles for: Wallis and Futuna

Sustainable Development Profiles (UN Agenda 21)
Nauru

Threatened species: Summary of species on the 2008 IUCN Red List
Nauru

UNCCD Country Profiles:
Nauru

UNEP Country Profiles [* poorly maintained and little information available]
Nauru

Water Resource Profiles [SOPAC - Pacific water - http://www.pacificwater.org/]
Nauru

see also "Pacific Regional Consultation on Water in Small Island Countries" - country briefing papers (2003)
Nauru

WHO Environmental Health Profiles 
Nauru

World Factbook Country Profiles [CIA]
Nauru

World Ocean Database 2005 [NOAA]
Geographically sorted data for the Pacific Ocean [datasets]

see also Environmental indicators: South Pacific (UNEP: 2004; 6.23mb)
see also Polynesia / Micronesia Biodiversity Hotspot Ecosystem Profile (2007; 1.16mb)

see also Paciifc Biodiversity Information Forum website and databases

Barbados Programme of Action + 10 (BPoA) 
National Assessment Reports: Nauru (2004; 515kb)

Pacific Environment Outlook (2005; 30.99mb)

The Conference on Small Island Developing States (Barbados Conference, 1994) highlighted the importance of island biodiversity as an ecological corridor linking major areas of biodiversity around the world. The conference called for international co-operation and partnership to support the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their efforts to conserve, protect and restore their ecosystems. The Barbados Plan of Action recognizes the importance of the coastal zone as a source of subsistence and economic development.

Country Strategy Papers and National Indicative Programmes [European Union - EDF10]
Nauru (2008-2013; 2.4mb)

Legislative Reviews 
Nauru (2007; 892kb)

Mauritius Strategy + 5 Review: National Assessment Reports [5-year Review of Progress Made in Addressing Vulnerabilities of Small Islands Developing States Through Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation (MSI) of the
Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) ] 

Nauru (2010; 270kb)

National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) 
NCSA Status (NCSA website)
Nauru ,

National Environment Management Strategy (NEMS) 
Nauru (1996; 2.18mb)

National Integrated Water Resource Management : Diagnostic Reports - drafts only [SOPAC]
Nauru (2007; 604kb)

National [Sustainable] Development Plans / Strategies [ForumSec]
Nauru 2005-2025 (2.39mb) / Nauru 2005-2025 rev. (2009;1.15mb)

National Assessment Reports: Nauru (2006; 153kb)

see also:

SPC Country Joint Country Stategies in support of National Strategies for Sustainable Development :
Nauru

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [PACC] - reports, activities and PACC news updates
Nauru

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [PACC] - report of in-country consultations 
Nauru (2009; 131kb)

Pacific Regional Consultation on Water in Small Island Countries - Country briefings
Nauru (2003; 127kb)

Pacific Regional Energy Assessment: Country Reports (PIREP) 
Nauru (2004; 832kb)

Regional overview report (2004; 2.59mb)

Peristant Organic Pollutants (POPs): Country Plans
Nauru (2003; 278kb)

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel Convention, 1989), the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam Convention, 1998) and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (Stockholm Convention, 2001) together provide an international framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals throughout their life cycles.

Peer Review Report 2010 NEW

Sea Level & Climate: their present state: Country reports
Nauru (2006; 2.1mb)

Ships' Waste Management in Pacific Islands Ports: Country reports
Nauru

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (Land Degradation) (UNCCD)
National Reports: Nauru (2002; 438kb)

see also UNCCD Country Profiles:
Nauru

see also UNCCD Reports clearinghouse mechanism

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is an agreement to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
(i) National Communications and In-depth Reviews
Nauru (1999; 1.27mb)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC,1992) is concerned with global warming and the consequent rise in sea levels that may result in the flooding of coastal areas, and submerging islands, which could adversely affect coastal communities. The treaty aims at reducing emissions of greenhouse gas in order to combat global warming. Although the treaty as originally framed set no mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual nations and contained no enforcement provisions; it did include provisions for updates (called "protocols") that would set mandatory emission limits. The principal update is the Kyoto Protocol.

Poster: Most common pelagic fish species of Nauru [SPC]
Poster: Most common reef fish species of Nauru [SPC]

Paradise for sale
- The ecological devastation on the island of Nauru as a result of decades of phosphate mining.
Edited by Lazarina Todorova. Conceived and narrated by Carl N. McDaniel, Professor of Biology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. 3 minute excerpt.