Nauru is located north-east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean and situated 42 kilometres south of the equator. Dotted with pinnacles, a coral reef surrounds the entire island. Nauru has a fairly small populace compared to its neighbouring Pacific nations; approximately 10,000 people including around 1,000 non-Nauruan population.To move towards a more sustainable form of income, Nauru has increased its efforts in agriculture and fish production including the maximization of revenue from fisheries access fees and development for the informal sector.
This in turn is sustaining the people of Nauru. Being geographically isolated with a small land mass has made Nauru susceptible to adverse external shocks of the global market. Apart from a volatile economic scenario, the impacts of climate change are hampering the lives of many Nauruan people and their lands. Nauru is continually working to achieve its national vision and employ policies and actions to curb the overall global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and encourage progress to an economically viable and sustainable future for its people.
Nauru's aspirational goal is to achieve 100 percent renewable energy to the national grid system by 2050, based on available and additional external financing being provided to the Republic of Nauru.
The energy efficiency improvement programs with an estimated cost of USD 5.5 Million over the next 4 years is expected to reduce the diesel consumption, thereby further reducing emissions. The conditional mitigation contribution discussed above would require a significant amount of investment on implementation of new renewable energy projects, scaling up solar, including substantial technical, capacity building and logistical assistance due to the limited capacity on the island.
As mandated by the Secretariat, countries are to submit enhanced/updated NDC every five years to reflect their updated climate action and emission reduction targets.
- Productive Land & Coast
- Healthy and Productive People
- Water Security
- Food Security
- Energy Security
- Healthy Environment
- Good Governance
- Loss & Damage
Sectoral (energy sector) commitment focussed on a transition to renewable energy in the electricity generation sector and energy efficiency through demand side management.
Activity Implementation Year
The Pacific NDC Hub is working in Nauru on the Nauru Climate Change Education Programme. This activity focuses on incorporating climate change education into the national school curriculum giving recognition to the face that children and youth are the future leaders of the nation and need to be well informed on the climate change risks and challenges faced by Nauru.
- Resources are currently being developed for the school curriculum and training materials are due to be completed by 2020.
- A teacher training is scheduled for March 2021.
- With support from GIZ, introductory meetings with the Education Ministry of Nauru held in October and November 2021.
Nauru's NDC Journey
The Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution for Nauru is to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat at the end of 2020.
Contact details in-country team
Mr. Reagan Moses
NDC Hub Focal Point
Director of Climate Change
Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment Climate Change Division
Government Offices, Yaren District, Nauru