Enhancing Knowledge and
Understanding of the
Biodiversity of Upland Central
Savaii
BIORAP SURVEY DE-BRIEFING
Presented by ...
1. Project Introduction: Bruce
2. Project Methods: James
3. Project Results, Recommendations
and Next Steps: Suemalo Talie
Project goal: Improve the understanding of the biodiversity of upland
Savaii and threats to it and identify follow up acti...
Project Area
Map of Key Sites for Conservation in Samoa
(CI/SPREP/MNRE 2010)
 Conservation Priority: Samoa BSAP and a number of ecological surveys
have identified the upland forests of Savaii as a c...
Theme 2: Ecosystem Management
 Objective 1: Research and Monitoring
1.2 Undertake biological surveys of key upland sites ...
 Component 1. Design Planning and survey
preparations, in consultations with key
stakeholders, particularly local communi...
Technical reports:
 Status of bird species surveyed particularly the
puna'e, manumea, maomao and others
 Status of endan...
Community Consultations (April- May 2012)
• District consultations in Northern Savaii on April
18 (Manase to Aopo)
• Distr...
 Logistically complex operation-
military style!
 Large, rugged and remote area to
survey (>100km2), no rivers but
lots ...
Area of Expertise/Team (numbers in
survey)
Name
Area of main responsibility
Avifauna David Butler Bird Team Leader
Rebecca...
Communications…
Weather…….
 Community awareness raised
 Scientific knowledge- new
species found, status of other
species revised, new data on
eleva...
Some Findings…
• 11 lizards
recorded
• No lizards
above
1325m
• 27 new
landsnails
• No
introduced
land snails
>1000m
• No ...
• Further surveys needed in areas not
visited- eg Lake Mataulano
• Protection of montane & cloud forest
• Awareness raisin...
• Debrief Savaii communities on the results of the
survey and next steps as soon as practically
possible (Week of Sept 24 ...
• CEPF
• CI Pacific
• Birdlife Pacific
• USGS
• Island Conservation
• APTC
• NZ Defence Forces/ NZ High Commission
• NZ De...
Questions/Fesili
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Biorap survey de-briefing / Presented by Bruce Jefferies (SPREP), James Atherton and Suemalo Talie Foliga (MNRE), August 2, 2012

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  • Purpose of this consultation to: a) inform village communities of the proposed project and b) to get feedback/comments on the project and objectives and c) to get approval from communities to proceed with the survey on village lands in the cloud forest of central Savaii
  • Need to list all NBSAP objectives that this project meets
  • Need to list all NBSAP objectives that this project meets- there are four of them…
  • Bruce to present?
  • Bruce to present?
  • A huge group – we had between 20 and 40 people on the mountain at any one time – sometimes spread out at 3 locations. 10 scientists came in from overseas. 12 MNRE staff participated, including 9 from SFD and 3 from DEC and between 5 and 15 local trail cutters and porters
  • Need to list all NBSAP objectives that this project meets
  • Need to list all NBSAP objectives that this project meets
  • Need to list all NBSAP objectives that this project meets
  • Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding of the Biodiversity of Upland Central Savaii

    1. 1. Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding of the Biodiversity of Upland Central Savaii BIORAP SURVEY DE-BRIEFING Presented by Bruce Jefferies (SPREP) James Atherton (consultant) & Suemalo Talie Foliga (MNRE) Aug 2, 2012 MNRE Conference Room, Apia
    2. 2. 1. Project Introduction: Bruce 2. Project Methods: James 3. Project Results, Recommendations and Next Steps: Suemalo Talie
    3. 3. Project goal: Improve the understanding of the biodiversity of upland Savaii and threats to it and identify follow up actions needed to conserve the forest Project focus: surveys of fauna and flora in particular birds, plants, reptiles, land snails, arthopods Donor: Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) via CI Pacific Partners: • Savaii Village Communities • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Project Dates: From January to December 2012; Survey May 20-31, 2012 Funding Amount: $USD 169,400
    4. 4. Project Area Map of Key Sites for Conservation in Samoa (CI/SPREP/MNRE 2010)
    5. 5.  Conservation Priority: Samoa BSAP and a number of ecological surveys have identified the upland forests of Savaii as a conservation priority  Globally unique: Upland Savaii is the largest continuous area of intact native forest (<65,000 ha) left in Samoa and in tropical Polynesia and contains the highest levels of biodiversity, density of birds and other forest species in Samoa  Poor knowledge: large areas of the forest have not been surveyed and may contain species new to science or significant populations of threatened species  Ecosystem services and values: strong linkages exist between conservation of the biodiversity of the upland forests and other benefits and ecosystem services- eg carbon sinks, village ecotourism, provision of clean water and also clear linkages with related projects (eg GEF-PAS FPAM, JICS Samoa Forest Conservation and GEF ICCRIFS)
    6. 6. Theme 2: Ecosystem Management  Objective 1: Research and Monitoring 1.2 Undertake biological surveys of key upland sites not visited in the National Upland Ecological Survey of 1998, e.g. Sili Upland forest, Itu Salega and Gataivai Upland forest.  Objective 2: Conservation Areas 2.3 Establish large conservation areas which include more than one ecosystem, in high priority sites identified in lowland and upland ecological surveys such as Aopo, Sili, Salailua, and Eastern Upolu, utilizing community management approaches. Theme 3: Species Management  Objective 2: Research and Monitoring 2.2 Undertake a research programme to complete the collection and identification of Samoa's fauna and flora. 2.3 Develop a project to search for the Punae.  Objective 5: Capacity Building 5.1 Develop and implement local capacity building programmes on biological surveys, monitoring techniques and species management.
    7. 7.  Component 1. Design Planning and survey preparations, in consultations with key stakeholders, particularly local communities, are completed.  Component 2. Survey and Fieldwork completed by teams composed of MNRE, local villagers, SPREP staff, and regional experts  Component 3. Community awareness and education program is completed that utilizes participatory video production, a film screening, and community discussions.
    8. 8. Technical reports:  Status of bird species surveyed particularly the puna'e, manumea, maomao and others  Status of endangered plants including possible species new to Samoa  Priority habitats/areas, based on the endangered fauna and flora they support, are identified, mapped, and provided with GPS coordinates.  Presence, or absence, of Samoan swallowtail butterfly is assessed  Status of invasive species and other threats is assessed  Key management issues and conservation options to support immediate and long term management of the KBA Conservation advocacy and awareness raising products:  An educational film in Samoan with English sub-titles is produced, involving participatory filmmaking  Technical report produced to document the outcomes of village seminars and awareness raising activities  Publicity and promotional materials produced
    9. 9. Community Consultations (April- May 2012) • District consultations in Northern Savaii on April 18 (Manase to Aopo) • District consultation for Southern Savaii on April 19 (Sili to Salailua) • Ava ceremony at Aopo on April 18 May Survey (May 21-31 2012) Taxa: birds, reptiles, land snails, insects and plants Standard methods employed: 5 min bird counts, sound recorders, pitfall trapping and light traps, transects, sticky traps, hand collection Specimens exported for final identification to a number of overseas institutions
    10. 10.  Logistically complex operation- military style!  Large, rugged and remote area to survey (>100km2), no rivers but lots of rain…  30 scientists and MNRE staff involved, >15 porters  New foot trails cut and marked prior to survey 3km to east of Silisili  Access to forest via helicopter transport and on foot  Tons of gear moved to mountain camp and then removed  Mess tent frame and water tanks left at Mata o Le Afi
    11. 11. Area of Expertise/Team (numbers in survey) Name Area of main responsibility Avifauna David Butler Bird Team Leader Rebecca Stirnemann Becky Harris Fialelei Enoka (DEC) Mark O’Brian (BL) Kirsty Swinnerton (IC) Vilikesa Masibalavu (CI) Plants Art Whistler Flora and vegetation Team Leader Suemalo Talie (DEC) Mountain Camp Manager Martha Suter Plant pressing at Asau Sue Mulvany Survey logistical support Terrestrial Fauna Eric Edwards (DOC) Terrestrial Fauna Team Leader Robert Fisher (USGS) Reptiles lead Fred Brook Land snails Warren Chin (DOC) Beetles Moeumu Uili (DEC) Reptiles assistant Biodiversity conservation values and sites of particular significance Bruce Jefferies Project Coordinator James Atherton Assistant Project Coordinator Chef Frank Fidow SFD participants (MNRE) Elisala Ilaoa Siaumau Ualesi Vaetoe Meki Tauai Penisula Leala Tanielu Tipa Finau Masoe Afano Lologa Sooalo Tito Alatimu Asau Base camp manager Vailega Timoteo Moresi Trail cutters and portersOthers Film Crew
    12. 12. Communications… Weather…….
    13. 13.  Community awareness raised  Scientific knowledge- new species found, status of other species revised, new data on elevation ranges of many species obtained  New trail cut to the correct summit of Savaii (Mt Silisili)  Campsite established at Mata o le Afi for possible ecotourism development  Documentary of survey work  First ava ceremony at 1650m in Samoa!
    14. 14. Some Findings… • 11 lizards recorded • No lizards above 1325m • 27 new landsnails • No introduced land snails >1000m • No Punae • Only 1 observation of Manumea •Tahiti petrel found at 1300m • 2 new orchid species • Very few introduced weeds >1000m • No introd. ants >560m • Where YCA very few native lizards and fewer land snails • No Pepe ae • >120 moths sampled, many new species X
    15. 15. • Further surveys needed in areas not visited- eg Lake Mataulano • Protection of montane & cloud forest • Awareness raising with local communities on values of forest • Managing threats – eg new roads • Special attention needed for Manumea (threatened bird recovery group?)
    16. 16. • Debrief Savaii communities on the results of the survey and next steps as soon as practically possible (Week of Sept 24 ?) • Explore ecotourism development options- eg fix water tanks, trail development, marketing, partnership with STA? • Decide on appropriate actions re illegal road to Mata o le Afi • Consider installing an automatic weather station at Mata o le Afi to gather weather data for this area? • Explore World Heritage/Biosphere reserve Options? • Finalise Biorap report by end of October?
    17. 17. • CEPF • CI Pacific • Birdlife Pacific • USGS • Island Conservation • APTC • NZ Defence Forces/ NZ High Commission • NZ Department of Conservation • Samoa Airport Authority • Bluebird Hardware • Savaii Communities
    18. 18. Questions/Fesili
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