4th October 2018 – The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment – Honorable Fiame Naomi Mataafa received a visit from the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (KCNC), Japan today. The visiting group comprises of 17 members led by the Chairman of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc, Mr.Masava Futamiva. Keidanren is “Japan Business Federation” consisting over 1,500 Japanese major corporations representing a range of industries and it is the largest Economic Organization in Japan. Their main objective is to encourage nature conservation activities of enterprises as well as supporting nature conservation activities in developing countries and japan. these include supporting projects with NGOs, public awareness and information; and regional revitalization through nature restoration.
KCNC is currently engaged in their 25th Anniversary Special Fund Grant Program for the period 2017-2019 with a budget of USD 1.4 Million. To date under this program they are funding activities in 6 countries including Samoa. For Samoa, the Guardian Tausi Lou Faasinomaga project is coordinated through the Conservation International. The project is building awareness and carrying out conservation activities for students as part of its effort to increase the environmental literacy of Samoan communities through their youth.
The Honorable Minister acknowledges KCNC assistance and support in building and sustaining the value and importance of the environment and the resources they provide. Furthermore, she reconfirm Samoa’s commitment to ensuring sustainable management and conservation of nature and its Biodiversity, the protection of native/endemic rare species, ongoing ecological assessments and monitoring, sustainable approaches towards management of marine and terrestrial resources. She welcomes the issue of invasive species as threat to biodiversity drawing on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management as catalysts if we don’t prepare and plan well. With Samoa enforcing its ban on single use plastics from January 31 2019, the assistance under the JPRISM project for a National Solid Waste Management Strategy by the end of 2018 is timely, given the growing concern on volume of waste and rubbish impacting on biodiversity and the environment in general.
The team is visiting Samoa from 4th – 6th October 2018 and they will also be meeting with SPREP and communities hosting their projects.