The NWRP provides a framework for leadership and coordinated action in the supply of safe, adequate and financially, technically and environmentally sustainable water services to rural, outer island and urban communities in Kiribati and for the protection, conservation, sustainable use and efficient management of Kiribati’s water resources. It is directed at improving the welfare and livelihood of I-Kiribati and represents the vision of the Government of Kiribati (GoK) for the water sector.
Freshwater supplies are critically dependent on climate and are impacted, sometimes severely, by climate variability and climate change. The NWRP builds on the Policy on Adaptation to Climate Change announced by the GoK in 2005 and recognises that water and sanitation are intimately linked. This policy concentrates on freshwater resources and their protection and foreshadows the development of complementary national sanitation policy. Implementation of the NWRP is addressed in the accompanying National Water Resources Implementation Plan (NWRIP).