PACIFIC ISLANDS APPLIED GEOSCIENCE COMMISSION
Map Cook Islands Federated Sates of Micronesia Fiji Kiribati Nauru Niue Papua New Guinea Republic of Marshall Islands Republic of Palau Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu
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Population
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Country Cook Islands Cook Islands
Population 21,750 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 236.7 km2
Climate
Water resource
Water consumption
Country Federated Sates of Micronesia Federated Sates of Micronesia
Population 107,862 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 702 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 4,928 mm per annum
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Country Fiji Fiji
Population 918 675 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 18,270 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2000 - 3000 mm per annum
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Country Kiribati Kiribati
Population 107,817 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 811 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: South of the equator: 1,300 mm Tarawa: 2,000 mm Northernmost islands: over 3,200mm Eastern Line Islands: less than 1,000 mm
Water consumption
Country Nauru Nauru
Population 11,528 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 21 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2,090 mm per annum
Water consumption
Country Niue Niue
Population 1,625m(GoN statistics 2006)
Land Area 260 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2,180 mm per annum
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Country Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Population 5,795,887 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 462,840 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall:1000-80000 mm per annum
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Country Republic of Marshall Islands Republic of Marshall Islands
Population 20,842
Land Area 458 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3,700 mm per annum
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Country Republic of Palau Republic of Palau
Population 61,815(July 2007 est.)
Land Area 11,854.3 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: Southern attols: 4,000mm Northern attols:2,000 mm per annum
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Country Samoa Samoa
Population 214,265
Land Area 2,944 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3,000 mm per annum
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Country Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Population 566,842
Land Area 28,450 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall:1500-5000 mm per annum
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Country Tonga Tonga
Population 116,921
Land Area 748 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: Varies from north and south of tonga with an estimated average of 2500 mm per annum
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Country Tuvalu Tuvalu
Population 11.992 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 26 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 3000mm per annum
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Country Vanuatu Vanuatu
Population 211,971 (July 2007 est.)
Land Area 12,200 km2
Climate
Water resource Avg Rainfall: 2000 - 4000 mm per annum
Water consumption
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The Pacific IWRM Project
The “Sustainable Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management Project in Pacific Island Countries” or Pacific IWRM project for short, aims to assist 14 Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) to improve by focussing on best practices and demonstrations of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) wastewater management and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) approaches and plans.

The project has been developed over a period of four years (2004-2008) by the 14 participating states in close collaboration with SOPAC, the United Nations Environment and Development Programmes (UNEP and UNDP), and with the support of funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

During this development phase the countries have gone through a process of undertaking IWRM situation analyses (national diagnostic analyses), identifying key national priorities in regards to IWRM (hotspot analyses), and on the basis on this 13 countries have developed proposals for national demonstration projects to address some of these priorities by practically applying IWRM approaches and best practice.

The demonstration projects will apply an IWRM approach to address a wide range of issues to reduce environmental stress, improve community access to clean water, support innovative approaches to determine the best use of water resources, reduce water related health risks through protection of water supplies, and/or reduce sewage releases into the fresh and marine water environments.

These demonstration projects make up the first and most costly component of the project. The other components, which are mainly supported through the wider Pacific IWRM Programme and specifically the EU-funded Pacific IWRM National Planning Programme, will help to secure the long term benefits of the demonstration projects and lessons learned by:

Component 2: Setting up mechanisms and a regional indicator framework for monitoring progress towards IWRM and WUE

Component 3: Supporting policy, legislative and institutional reform

Component 4: Building regional and national capacity for knowledge exchange and replication of IWRM and WUE best practice on the regional and global SIDS level

Having recently been approved for funding of USD 10.7 million from the GEF the project is now ready for implementation during the coming five years (2008- 2013). The recruitment of a regional project management unit and national project teams are currently underway.



The project's progress can be viewed on the sister IWRM (GEF Pacific) website: www.pacific-iwrm.org