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.**
A direct internet link to access all the publications by MNRE - This includes environmental - related legislation and the ministry's annual reports.
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
This dataset holds two reports related to O le Pupu Pu'e National Park ;
Report one is a summary of the community consultations held on December 11, 2015 to discuss the draft operational plan for the restoration of the O le Pupu Pu’e (OLPP) National Park. The restoration of the OLPP NP is a key activity in the Management Plan for the park.
Report two summarises a review of existing information on the invasive species in the park and to present the results of a short survey of invasive species conducted in the park from Nov 19 to Dec 1, 2015.
A completion CEPF project report - The project was designed to address the threats posed by two invasive alien species Pacific Rat Rattus exulans and Yellow Crazy Ant Anoplolepis on the islands of Nu'utele and Nu'ulua.
This dataset holds all CIM Plans for each district of Samoa. The CIM Plans are envisaged as blueprints for climate change interventions across all development sectors reflecting the programmatic approach to climate resilience adaptation taken by the Government of Samoa.
The proposed interventions outlined in the CIM Plans are also linked to the Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2016/17 – 2019/20 and the relevant ministry sector plans.
This dataset holds all national reports submitted by Samoa to CBD
Four islands of the Aleipata group: Fanuatapu islet; Namua island, Nu’ulua, and Nu’utele.The aim of the surveys was to survey the status of IAS on these four islands with a special focus on rats, YCA, pigs and weeds, and with a focus on the two larger islands, Nu’utele and Nu’ulua.
Two Million Trees campaign to support forest restoration, forest recovery, forest resilience and promoting green livelihood of Samoans.
The NESP is a compilation of efforts and contributions across the sector which is a clear reflection of Samoa's
collective responsibility as 'custodians' of the environment.
The National Environment Sector Plan (NESP) 2017 ‐ 2021 updates the NESP 2013‐2016. It is based on the most
recent State of the Environment (SOE) assessment documented in 2013, lessons learned from the previous NESP
and outcomes of the Sector SWOT Analysis, which was conducted as part of the NESP review and update process
This dataset shows possible priority pest eradication sites for Samoa. The sites identified have already experienced eradication projects in the past but the target pest species, Rattus exulans, have re-established. Future eradication work needs to be done but with more effective biosecurity measures put in place to avoid re-establishment. **Please note that this is not an official dataset**
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database of marine and terrestrial protected areas, updated on a monthly basis, and is one of the key global biodiversity data sets being widely used by scientists, businesses, governments, International secretariats and others to inform planning, policy decisions and management.
Dataset contains training material on using open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve protected area planning and management from workshops that were conducted on February 19-21 and October 6-7, 2020. Specifically, the dataset contains lectures on GIS fundamentals, QGIS 3.x, and global positioning system (GPS), as well as country-specific datasets and a workbook containing exercises for viewing data, editing/creating datasets, and creating map products in QGIS.
Work is based around country visits by the network coordinator to support PILN teams to identify and take strategic action to manage their priority invasive species. The network is functioning by sharing awareness of successful activities being earned out by the teams, providing the mechanism for other teams to do the same, and actively encouraging them to do so.
Capacity building is linked to on-going invasive species projects and achieved through workshops and exchanges.
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In June/July 2002 an eradication programme to remove Pacific rats from Maninita Island in the Vava'u group of the Kingdom of Tonga was initiated. The techniques used were similar to those
used in successful rat eradications in New Zealand, in that Pestoff 20R pellets and a network of bait stations were used.
Conditions on the island were not what was expected, the forest having been adversely affected by cyclone Waka and subsequent defoliation by caterpillars, resulting in an open forest canopy. Rats were found to be present on the island in high numbers and were breeding.
Williamson and Sabath (1982) have demonstrated a significant relationship between modern population size and environment by examining atoll area and rainfall in the Marshall Islands. The present work seeks to extend that argument into prehistory by examining the relationship of ancient habitation sites and size of aroid pit agricultural systems to atoll land area and rainfall regime along the 1,500-3,500 mm precipitation gradient in the Marshall Islands.