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"The People of Ngiwal State want to improve their livelihoods through sustainable developments (including the promotion of eco tourism) and conservation of its natural resources to ensure healthy communities and ecosystems for future generations."


The Ngiwal State Protected Areas and Natural Resource Management Plan specifies a first year goal to focus on awareness about the purpose of managing Ngiwal’s natural resource and to provide awareness on relevant legislation and regulations governing Ngiwal’s resources. The Plan states that necessary signage will be placed at strategic locations to provide awareness of regulated areas, etc. The budget allocated funds to support awareness programs, such as printing awareness materials, signage, and meeting,personal and major assets (boat and truck).

The plan has a specific goal to build a resilient community to adapt to sea level rise by 2015.  The objectives are as follows: (1) Secure assistance to conduct vulnerability assessment of the coastline to sea level rise by 2013. (Indicator: Vulnerability assessment report with recommendations); (2) Provide awareness materials to the people about climate change impacts on sea level rise and potential impact on low lying coastal communities by 2011. (Indicator: >50% of citizens understand impact of sea level rise to them); and (3) Establish guidelines based on recommendations vulnerability assessment for development activities along the coastline by 2015. (Indicator: Number of developments that incorporate ecosystem based adaptation). Ecosystem‐based adaptation includes a range of local and landscape scale strategies for managing ecosystems to increase resilience and maintain essential ecosystem services and reduce the vulnerability of people, their livelihoods and nature in the face of climate change. Specie Actions, personnel, time line and budgets were identified for climate change in the plan.

Ngiwal State Protected Areas and Natural Resource Management Plan identified climate changes as a high threat, specifically sea level rise and unpredicted weather conditions that cause high wave actions that result from the overall effects of climate change is the highest concern for the people who live along the low lying coast where sea level rise and wave can affect their properties, houses, farms, and taro patches.  Alteration of the coastline due to impact from rising sea level was identified as a threat because it will expose properties, farms, and taro patch to sea level rise.

Resources: The Nature Conservancy. 2010. Ngiwal State Protected Areas and Natural Resource Management Plan 2010-2015.