A presentation on water issues (i.e catchment deterioration, low river flows (dry season), frequent flash-flood (wet season), changed river flow patterns over time, high soil erosion, turbid & colored water) and culture (i.e, customary land ownership, ownership of river courses) in Samoa.
The Office of the Attorney General of Samoa in conjunction with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa initiated a project under the name of the "Legislative Drafting Handbook Project". This handbook documents the legislative drafting requirements for use in Samoa from July 1st 2008.
The Mauritius Strategy provides a framework for specific actions and measures to be taken at the national, regional and international levels in support of the sustainable development of small island developing states.
This report highlights the concrete actions taken and specific progress made in implementation; lessons learned, good practices and recent trends and emerging issues.
Biological Rapid Assessment Program (BIORAP) was conducted from July 16 to August 3, 2016 in three Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Samoa:
* the Central Savai’i Rainforest KBA
* Falealupo Peninsula Coastal Rainforest KBA on Savaii
* the Uafato-Tiavea Coastal Rainforest KBA on Upolu.
A literature review of biodiversity information was also conducted on a fourth site - the Apia Catchments KBA.
An assessment framework based on key habitats in Samoa:
* cloud forest and uplands
* lowlands, coastal strand
* nearshore marine, offshore marine, and rivers and streams
* climate change, air quality, waste disposal, renewable energy, and population pressures.
It also assesses the status of Samoa’s species of high conservation value, especially those that are endemic and critically endangered.
The purpose of this Energy Sector Plan is to provide a comprehensive plan for the energy sector to deliver outcomes consistent with the overarching Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2012-2016, with due regard for cross-cutting issues including emphasizing the importance of raising living standards, increasing resilience and boosting productivity for sustainable development. It provides a resourcing framework to support implementation of the plan.
Samoa’s National Implementation Plan (NIP) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) incorporates the findings of several studies implemented to assess the presence of POPs chemicals and levels of contamination, areas of significant contamination, the country’s institutional capacity to formulate and implement a plan for POPs reduction and elimination, and to finalize an inventory of POPs in the country.
The Jungle myna (Acridotheres fuscus) was first recorded in Upolu in 1965, followed by the Common myna (Acridotheres tristis) in 1988 (Watling, 2001). It is believed they were introduced to control livestock ticks and unexpectedly became an invasive species; over the past two decades their populations have increased dramatically.
This document provides information regarding issues surrounding the myna: why mynas are a problem and what methods are currently been implemented to control and/or eradicate mynas from cities, islands, and countries.
The Regional Maritime Legal Advisor, Captain Dr. Peter Heathcote was in Samoa to assist the Ministry of Works. Transport and Infrastructure, the Samoa Shipping Corporation (SSC) and the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) implement the recent amendments to the SOLAS Convention dealing with Maritime Security and the new International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. During this short visit, an enormous amount of work was accomplished as documented in this brief.
The 2009 tsunami waves that swept through parts of the Samoa Islands brought a lot of marine life with them, portions of which were stranded on land when the waves subsided. In addition to the reef fishes of varying sizes, marine turtles, a few sharks and dolphins were also stranded.
This report focuses on marine turtles and attempts to give an account on the number and fate of marine turtles that were stranded on land after the tsunami waves.
This national inventory aims to provide a snap shot of the situation in Samoa in 2009 with the generation of electrical and electronic wastes, and the management practices involved to safely store, collect, refurbish, recycle and dispose of the generated wastes.
Of considerable concern is that the Ma’oma’o is now rare and highly threatened. The Ma’oma’o is classified as Endangered by the IUCN, or World Conservation Union. This document sets out a series of objectives and actions that are necessary to conserve the Ma’oma’o, and Samoan birds in general, for future generations to appreciate.
Biotechnology has been used by Samoan farmers for many years to crossbreed plants and animals. However, modern biotechnology, where genes are transferred between species, is a relatively new concept in Samoa. The products of modern biotechnology are often referred to as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Bio-safety is a way of reducing the potential risks that may result from modern biotechnology and its products.
This National Biosafety Framework is for the safe transfer, handling and use of Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology
Environment related legislation review of Samoa.
**Please submit new information or corrections as the reviews will be updated annually.**
This Waterfront Plan is a strategic document that will guide government planning and waterfront users on future development, and how we envisage the waterfront to be transformed in the next 10 or so years. It is a living document that can be reviewed over time depending on changing resources and circumstances.
A direct internet link to access all the publications by MNRE - This includes environmental - related legislation and the ministry's annual reports.
Red-list species of Samoa as of 09/04/2019
For the Ninth Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas December 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) commissioned an assessment of the status of biodiversity and conservation in Oceania. This report assesses the overall state of conservation in Samoa using 16 indicators.
*this report wasn't published but was sent to country for checking (2013) *- to be used for the Regional SOE initiative 2019