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Typical agroforestry trees such as breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), mango (Mangifera indica) and screwpine (Pandanus tectorius) along with many subsidiary herbs, fill most arable land. The introduction of certain predators to the country, such as ladybird beetles (te tabakea) to destroy mealybugs, is a good example of these conservation programmes.
Agroforestry management in Kiribati is one of conserving the existing vegetation and the introduction of new species. (Eds.), The traditional knowledge and management of coastal systems in Asia and the Pacific.
Kiribati has a warm, humid, tropical oceanic climate, with average temperatures in the upper 20s C. Consequently rainfall, or the lack of it, is a major determinant of forest viability in Kiribati.
Annual rainfall, most of which falls between October and March, varies from about 3 000 mm in the northern islands to 1 000 mm or less in the southern islands. Almost none of the islands have surface fresh-water.
The legal basis for nature conservation is the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance (1975), amended in 1979. (Ed.), Report of the Third South Pacific National Parks and Reserves Conference. Closed forests of Pisonia grandis, Hernandia nymphaeifolia, and Neisosperma oppositifolia are present in wetter sites and in drier sites on larger islands dominated by Calophyllum inophyllum. This will, of course, reduce expense of imported timbers. Strand vegetation of Tournefortia argentea, Pandanus tectorius, Guettarda speciosa, and Scaevola taccadal occurs on seaward beach ridges extending into more open coconut groves. Programmes to prevent the killing of trees either by pests or natural disasters contribute to the sustainability of natural resources. For a better diet people are encouraged and trained on how to produce more on their lands. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK/UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya. Giving people free seeds and seedlings and training workshops are some of the parts of the programme.
But on the other hand there are still concerns and constraints such as poor porous and too alkaline soil, a limited number of crops and vegetables that will grow in our environment, land tenure problems, drought (especially in southern Kiribati) and the awareness of the people of the importance of conservation programmes, training workshops and so forth. Of the fourteen agroforestry and agricultural officers, two are qualified in the field of agroforestry.