The 2006 State of Environment Report (SOE) Report illustrates very clearly Samoa‟s environmental
vulnerabilities and challenges, as well as supporting the creation of a more enabling sustainable
development environment. Much of this Report, however, summarizes the current state of knowledge
about the environment of Samoa. It instigates the move towards identifying Sustainable
Environmental Management (SEM) indicators, and then covers them separately in the areas of
Reviewing and reporting the state of the environment of Samoa is an important part of the government’s mandate for achieving environmentally sound and sustainable development. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the monitoring and review of the state of Samoa’s environment with the cooperation and support of its stakeholders in line Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations and the wider community.
Spatial data layers for Samoa
Information in this report is based on (a) assessments conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) on Savai’i in May 2012 as part of the in-country training of fisheries officers from the Samoa Fisheries Division and (b) the follow-up survey in Upolu by the trained team in July 2012.
This updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) sets out Samoa’s priorities for biodiversity conservation to 2020. It updates the original NBSAP (2001), building on that document and taking on board trends and issues reported in the Samoa State of Environment 2013 and the National Environment Sector Plan 2013 – 2016, as well as issues raised during the consultation process for the updated NBSAP.
The Strategy outlines the state of Samoa’s biological resources and actions to curb their degradation and achieve their sustainable development at the time. It is the country’s foremost expression of commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity which it has ratified on the eve of the Convention’s accession.
This assessment covers;
* land categories of Samoa
* Types and Seriousness of Land Degradation in Samoa
* Types and Causes of Land Degradation
* Types and Effects of Land Degradation
* Governing Frameworks for UNCCD Implementation at the International & Regional Levels
* Defined Roles of National Stakeholders of the NSC
* Convention Obligations and Land Degradation Thematic Areas
A review of terrestrial biological knowledge for Samoa and identify gaps in existing biological information.
The Framework takes into account the longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction plans of the Government and local communities with an aim to capitalize on opportunities to reinvigorate existing policies and plans for disaster risk reduction and to rebuild communities better.