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Establishing a network of MPA's and LMMA within Tuvalu Maritime Zone
by Office of the Prime Minister, Tuvalu (Government)
Currently, Tuvalu only has one MPA namely the Funafuti Conservation Area. The Funafuti Conservation Area is a marine conservation area covering 33 square kilometers (12.74 square miles) of reef, lagoon and motu (islets) on the western side of Funafuti atoll in Tuvalu. The marine environment of the conservation area includes reef, lagoon, channel and ocean; and are home to many species of fish, corals, algae and invertebrates. The islets are nesting sites for the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and Fualopa hosts a breeding colony of black noddy (Anous minutes). Additionally, there are locally managed marine areas (LMMA) around the outer islands that are managed by Kaupule (Town Council).

The effectiveness and productivity of these protected areas have been seen by the local communities however they are not well documented or studied. Additionally, there is also the issue of lack of proper monitoring, control and surveillance and enforcement at this stage. There are ongoing and proposed plan of actions for the reviewing and evaluation of these protected areas within the Kakeega III - National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016 to 2020. Furthermore, the government is committed to establishing a network of MPA's to cover 10% of Tuvalu's marine areas as part of Tuvalu commitment to Agenda 2030.
Progress reports
2016
Survey of coastal marine life across Tuvalu
2017
Fisheries management plans for all islands
2020
Increase the total area designated for conservation to 10% of the islands in Tuvalu
In-kind contribution
Working hours of relevant department.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 - 2020
Partners
Fisheries Department, Environment Department and Kaupule's on each island
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Local communities
Contact information
Fakavae Taomia, Secretary to Government , ftaomia@gmail.com, (688) 20110
Funafuti Island, Tuvalu
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