This report was prepared by Andrew McIntyre, Brian Bell, Allen Ashish Sebastian and Samuel Grundler as individual consultants under the guidance and with support of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Centre (PIAC) in Sydney, Australia.
In the decade to 2005, financial mismanagement and government missteps caused Nauru incomes and living standards to plunge. In 2005, Nauru embarked on a program of change, including the development of a 20 year National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS). The NSDS and its 2009 update, aim for Nauru to achieve growth by building on economic infrastructure and advancing structural reforms.
As part of its corporatization strategy, the Nauru Utilities Authority (NUA) is undergoing structural changes to the way it is managed, governed and operated. As part of the corporatization process, the NUA will be legislated to abide by a set code of safety standards for water distribution and electricity transmission.
Water, sanitation and hygiene are vital to current survival and future development in Nauru. The issues outlined in Section 10 are complex and varied and involve much more than just infrastructure. The processes used to develop Nauru’s National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy and this Implementation Plan revealed a large number of major challenges that must be addressed. The tasks required are numerous and cut across administrative jurisdictions.
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) offers a systematic approach to address the sustainable development, allocation and monitoring of water resources for Pacific island Countries (PICs). The key concept of IWRM is that it provides a framework to integrate societal, economic and environmental considerations in water resource management. It recognises that all water use is interdependent and therefore should be managed in an integrated manner.
Information used to improve understanding, access, supply and protection of freshwater resources in Nauru
- Where wells are located and how they are constructed
- What they are used for and the reliance placed upon them.
- Baseline well water quality.
- Assess risk to wells from contamination – sanitary survey.
- Develop GIS database for use in future water resource management and assessment
This Report presents the detailed assessment prepared by the Study Team for the Nauru Port Pre-Feasibility Study.
Although potential options to upgrade the port facilities at Nauru have been previously investigated by various development partners, no improvements at the port have been progressed in recent years and the state and operation of the existing port facility continues to present occupational health and safety issues, capacity limitations, and challenges to the import and export of goods and cargo.