SPC Geoscience Division

ESAT Project

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The Environmentally Safe Aggregate for Tarawa (ESAT) Project is designed to protect the fragile beaches of South Tarawa in Kiribati from damage caused by unsustainable sand and gravel mining. By providing an alternative supply of construction aggregate from the lagoon basin, the project aims to meet South Tarawa’s rapidly growing demands while also reducing pressure on its beaches.

The project is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented the SPC's Geoscience Division and the Government of Kiribati’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development (MFMRD).

Large and unsustainable volumes of beach aggregate (sand, gravel and cobble – estimated at 70,000 m3/year in 2006) are removed from South Tarawa’s beaches every year. The fact that this is happening despite fears over shoreline instability and sea level rise, suggests that every possible effort to protect shoreline systems should be made.

ESAT offers a pragmatic “no-regrets” climate change adaptation response to this problem by providing an environmentally sustainable alternative which can reduce pressure on South Tarawa’s fragile beaches and bolster resilience in natural beach systems.

 

The single largest budget item in this project is the MV Tekimarawa-- a 40-m steel, open-water capable vessel with a shallow draft for lagoon work and a total payload of 300 tonnes.

ESAT also implements an awareness and behaviour change programme focused at community understanding and participation (Ara Bike Reirei) and also undertakes routine awareness events with schools.

The project also supports school curriculums through its efforts with the “SandWatch” programme. Comprehensive and strategic efforts to maintain community outreach and consultation are also underway, involving contracts to local NGOs who implement the ESAT Communications Strategy.

 

 

 

 

 


Project Overview

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For more information contact:............................................................................................................................................. Christopher Mark Day - ESAT Project Manager

Email : Click here

 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 14:58  


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From The Manager's Desk

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already turned the corner on the midpoint of 2011 and will shortly be participating in the first annual meeting of the SOPAC Division – the newest within the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

We will have some interesting feedback for you following that meeting but that is for next month’s edition.

This month we provide you with coverage on community level DRM training in Lau and Kadavu, Fiji, Pacific Disaster Net training in Samoa, support to Pitcairn Islands and initiatives.

There is an article on aviation safety training that SOPAC/SPC supported in collaboration with the Association of South Pacific Airlines. This particular initiative has been on the cards since 2005 and we’re pleased to be able to finally bring it to fruition.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Snapshots.

Mosese Sikivou
Deputy Director, Disaster Risk Programme

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