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A number of economic studies have been conducted in the region in recent years to support improved waste management practices, as well as improved management of coral reefs and mangroves. A list of these studies is provided below, and where possible, links to the full text reports have been provided. Links to recently published environmental economics toolkits are also included on this page.

Economics of Waste Management

Hajkowicz and Okotai, 2005. An Economic Valuation of Watershed Management in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Brisbane, Australia.
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Hajkowicz, Tellames and Aitaro, 2005. Economic Cost Scenarios for Solid Waste Related Pollution in Palau. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report.
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Lal, P., Saloa, K. and Uili, F., 2006. Economics of Liquid Waste Management, Funafuti, Tuvalu. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report 36.
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Lal and Takau, 2006. Economic Costs of Waste in Tonga. SPREP IWP-Pacific Technical Report
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Economics of Coral Reefs

Jacobs et al., 2004. Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs and Adjacent Habitats in American Samoa. Report prepared for the Department of Commerce, American Samoa.
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Lal,P. and A. Cerelala, 2005. Financial and Economic Analysis of Wild Harvest and Cultured Live Coral and Live Rock in Fiji. Report prepared for FSPI, SPREP and Department of Environment, Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Fiji
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Lal, P. Coral Reef Use and Management- The Need, Role and Prospects of Economic Valuation in the Pacific. In: Ahmed, Chong & Cesar (Eds)
Economic Valuation and Policy Priorities for Sustainable Management of Coral reefs, WorldFish? Centre
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Van Beukering, P. et al., 2006. The Economic Value of the Coral Reefs of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Report prepared by Cesar Environmental Consulting.
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Van Beukering, P. et al., 2005. The Economic Value of Guam’s Coral Reefs. Draft report, University of Guam.

Cesar, Van Beukering, Pintz and Dierking, 2002. The Economic Value of the Coral Reefs of Hawaii. Report prepared for NOAA and University of Hawaii.
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Economics of Mangroves

Lal, P., 2003. Economic Valuation of Mangroves and Decision-Making? in the Pacific. Ocean and Coastal Management 46, pp.823-844.

Naylor, R. and Drew, M., 1998. Valuing Mangrove Resources in Kosrae, Micronesia. Environment and Development Economics. 3, pp. 471-490.

Economics of Protected Areas

Iverson, T., 2008. The Economic Impact of a Proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument: An Exploratory Study. Report prepared for the Pew Centre for Environment.
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Van Beukering and Cesar, 2004. Economic Analysis of Marine Managed Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Report prepared for NOAA.
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Economic Value of Marine and Terrestrial Resources

Mohd-Shahwahid? and McNally?, 2001. An Economic Valuation of the Terrestrial and Marine Resources of Samoa. Report prepared for the Division of Environment and Conservation, MNRE Samoa, WWF-UK and WWF-South Pacific
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Environmental Economics Toolkits

United Nations Development Programme, 2007. Environmental Economics Tool Kit: Analyzing the Economic Costs of Land Degradation and the Benefits of Sustainable Land Management
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Joint Nature Conservation Committee, 2007. Valuing the Environment in Small Islands - An Environmental Economics Toolkit
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Newsflash

With fisheries as Kiribati’s main economic resource for a growing population, there is an imperative to find other income sources.

“This is where seabed mineral exploration and mining is important,” said Mr Tearinaki Tanielu, a Geologist, working as the Minerals Officer for the Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development.

“As a nation we are working toward adding more prosperity for people to make their lives better, but at the same time with little or no impact on our environment.”

He said that on a global level, seabed systems are not fully understood, and that there are policy and knowledge gaps that need to be addressed, adding greater complexity to the whole issue, and that it would be necessary for Kiribati to first develop technical and scientific knowledge and the appropriate policies so that the country has the capacity to undertake deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation.