Submitted by Christine Tuioti on Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:12
Tuvalu Environment Week
July 1, 2022 by Christine Tuioti
Environmental Monitoring and Governance

The Government of Tuvalu launched their State of Environment (SOE) Report 2022 and the National Environmental Management Strategies (NEMS) 2022-2026 during the national Environmental Week which was held on the 27 June 2022. Derived from the international World Environment Day theme of One World Only, the theme for the Environment Week is “Only One Tuvalu”.

The Tuvalu SOE Report 2022 contained quantitative environmental data and is structured around four thematic areas. They are: Environmental Governance; Coastal and Marine; Atmosphere and Climate; and Built Environment. It utilises 26 measurable environmental indicators to provide insights for sound environmental decision making. The SOE report further highlights the key drivers and environmental pressures such as climate vulnerabilities, waste management and pollution.

Despite environmental pressures and challenges identified and highlighted in the report, significant efforts have been made by the Government of Tuvalu to address these issues. The SOE report reflects that almost half of the indicators assessed are improving in trends and   levels of greenhouse emissions remain low. The protected areas are well managed, and a good national waste collection system is in place. The SOE report further highlights the successes of Tuvalu’s efforts in climate adaptation by the significant investments in renewable energy by solar power generation in Tuvalu.

The Tuvalu NEMS was endorsed by the Government in February 2022 and is essentially the country’s guiding policy to ensuring the protection and sound management of the environment. It ensures environmental activities and planning are relevant to national priorities and action plans developed by the Government of Tuvalu, and also signals a commitment by Tuvalu towards it’s signed Multilateral Environment Agreements.

“We are so thankful for the continuous support from SPREP assisting us in completing two important documents for the Department- The SOE report and the NEMS will be useful tool to guide our Department and key stakeholders in the role they play and to ensure that environmental data is readily available for policy makers and readers” said Acting Director of Environment, Ms. Tilia Tima.

Key environmental issues and solutions identified in the SOE will further guide national environmental activities and inform key strategic documents such as the NEMS. In its capacity as the regional agency for the environment in the Pacific, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has supported Tuvalu with the development of the SOE 2022 to further enhance informed national decision making.

SOE Report 2022
Tuvalu State of Environment Report 2022

 

SPREP Director General, Mr Sefanaia Nawadra commended the efforts of Tuvalu, saying, “We thank Acting Director Tilia Tima, and her team at the Department of Environment for leading and guiding the Secretariat through the development process of the SOE 2022 and the NEMS. We are confident that the Department of Environment and all relevant stakeholders will implement the recommendations in these reports and contribute to the broader goals for environment sustainability, sustainable natural resources management, and building resilience to climate change in Tuvalu”.

The SOE report and the Tuvalu NEMS were developed by the Government of Tuvalu through the collaboration of the Department of Environment and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. It was made possible with financial support of the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme through the Inform Project and the UNEP coordinated programme for Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries (ACP MEAs) Project Phase 3.  

The Tuvalu SOE 2022 is now available for download from the Tuvalu Environment Portal or access its key summary on the interactive webpage version https://soec.sprep.org/tuvalu/


For more information please contact Mr Paul Anderson, Inform Project Manager, at
[email protected]; and Mrs. Anastacia Stowers, ACP/MEA 3 Project Coordinator, at [email protected].

For more information on the Inform Project and ACP/MEA 3 Project, please visit the project website:
https://sprep.org/inform and  https://www.sprep.org/acp-meas.

For more information on the environmental data portals, please visit
https://pacific-data.sprep.org