Pacific Resource Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)

Established in 2008 to provide technical assistance, research and knowledge products on key infrastructure issues to Pacific island countries

and as a coordination facility for the principal development partners in the region.

Water Mission Report, EU-SOPAC

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During October – November 2006, a four-week period of duty travel covering the North and Central Pacific nations was undertaken to refine and rationalise the EDF9 work plans pertaining to the in-country KRA2 (Water) tasks and enhance the available synergies and support within the CLP (Water) programme. The mission initially targeted Palau (2 weeks), before moving on to Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) (1 week) and completing in Nauru (1 week). 

This document is a record of the proceedings of the in-country mission to Nauru, undertaken by Mr Stephen Booth, EDF8/9 Senior Advisor (Water) from 27th October to 05th November 2006. The specific objective of these consultations was to help identify Project tasks appropriate to Key Result Area 2 (KRA 2) interventions of the EDF9 – Nauru Work Plan. The five working days actually achieved in Nauru were significantly compromised by transportation difficulties, resulting from a combination of cancelled international flights, an almost total lack of available diesel fuel on-island and difficult, partially-flooded road conditions due to heavy rainfall events. 

With a land area of just 21 km2 Nauru is by far the smallest, and arguably the most vulnerable, of the fourteen nations within the EDF8/9 Project and a “whole-of-island” approach is therefore considered appropriate to water sector tasks.