Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III

The Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III (KAPIII) is the US$10.8 million Expansion phase of the program, which will run from 2012 to 2016.

KAPIII seeks to strengthen Kiribati’s ability to provide people with safe water and maintain resilient coastal infrastructure. It extends on the achievements of KAPI and KAPII, which piloted a number of critical adaptation measures such as mangrove planting, construction of sea walls and rainwater harvesting.

KAPIII aims to:

• Improve water use and management via the installation of groundwater, roof rainwater harvesting systems, reducing water leakages and waste in existing systems, protecting water reserves, and improving long- term planning for local-level water management ensure cleaner, safer drinking water

• Protect against coastal erosion by investing in protection such as seawalls and mangrove planting at priority sites

• Strengthen government and community capacity to manage the effects of climate change and natural hazards by supporting the development and adoption of a national Coastal Management Policy as well as the development and implementation of locally managed Adaptation Plans

• Support and assist the Government in managing, monitoring and evaluating the Program

Part of KAPIII will build skills within communities to manage the effects of climate change and natural hazards by supporting education programs, facilitating the preparation and implementation of locally managed adaptation plans, strengthening institutions and building and maintain stronger infrastructure.

KAPIII supports the Kiribati Government’s National Adaptation Program of Action and the Kiribati Development Plan, which identify improved management of water resources and strengthened coastal resilience as national priorities.

The Tamana Pump. Photo by: Carlo Iocovino

Water supply in Kiribati: Local solution

Now known across Kiribati and internationally as the ‘Tamana Pump’, Hon. Waysang Kumkee said that a munaul pump, or gravity feed system, is the best long term solution. The design has helped thousands of communities in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati.

Kiribati people depend on potable well water, this supply has been affected by climate change

Kiribati to Celebrate World Water Day

Kiribati will be celebrating World Water Day on Monday 24 March 2014. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Climate Change’.

Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau inspects the guard of honor

Fiji President Visits Kiribati

Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on a State visit to Kiribati on Sunday 9 February was accorded a full guard of honor and was given a traditional welcome ceremony.


Mr Riibeta Abeta

I-Kiribati first international publication on climate change

Mr Riibeta Abeta becomes the first I-Kiribati single author on climate change.

Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project ground breaking in Eita

Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project underway

The Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project will provide more than 40 per cent of the population with better access to health clinics, schools and markets as well as assist the Government and the people of Kiribati in many other ways.

New Zealand Army Staff Sgt. Nick Bunker collects a water sample during a Pacific Partnership 2013 water quality assessment. Photo:  2nd Class Tim D Godbee, US Navy.

More water tests for Tarawa

Water from a number of rainwater catchment systems is being tested by environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army on South Tarawa.


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Cultural identity theme to 34th Independence

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His Excellency President Anote Tong

Climate change a ‘whole nation approach’

President Tong spoke with Nic Maclellan from Islands Business about global warming, climate migration, the Pacific Islands Forum and Kiribati’s role in regional fisheries negotiations in a recent trip to Australia.

Sunset in Tarawa.

Government and SPC talk joint strategies

A small team from the Government of Kiribati and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have been working hard to develop a new joint country strategy (JCS) between SPC and the Government of Kiribati.


World Water Day 2013

Leaked: World Water Day fun

World Water Day 2013 was a hit thanks to all of the people who poured into Bairiki Square to partake in the celebrations.