Samoa State of the Environment

Samoa State of the Environment

A workshop was held with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in Apia, Samoa in April 2012 to develop the initial stage of assessment for Samoa's State of Environment (SoE), which is currently underway. Key experts from MNRE and SPREP defined six key habitats in Samoa: cloud forest and uplands, lowlands, coastal strand, nearshore marine, offshore marine, and rivers and streams. The health of each of these habitats (as determined by key indicators) will then be combined to describe the overall condition of Samoa’s environment and culturally important natural resources. Samoa is leading the Pacific in the use of this habitat-based assessment, which will be important in the development of common regional approaches. It will also contribute to the development of a regional framework that will simplify and reduce regional and international reporting requirements for Samoa and other Pacific island countries.


Key Personnel

Tracey Saxby
Project Manager
Heath Kelsey
IAN Director

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Mulloidichthys vanicolensis (Yellow Goatfish) (SYMBOL)

Urban: city building 09 (SYMBOL)

Urban: church 3 (SYMBOL)

Urban: city building 11 (SYMBOL)

Water: dam 3 (SYMBOL)

Watershed 3D: volcanic island with crater lakes and waterfalls (SYMBOL)

Bruguiera gymnorrhiza 2 (SYMBOL)

Fale 6 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Generic fern (SYMBOL)

Acanthaster planci (Crown-of-Thorns starfish) (SYMBOL)

Acridotheres tristis (Common Myna) (SYMBOL)

Fale: Tsunami damaged (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Generic orchid (SYMBOL)

Gymnomyza samoensis (Ma'o Ma'o) (SYMBOL)

Heliopora coerulea (Blue Coral) (SYMBOL)

Holothurian 1 (SYMBOL)

Intsia bijuga (Ifilele) (SYMBOL)

Merremia peltata (SYMBOL)

Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden Plover) (SYMBOL)

Tridacna gigas (Giant Clam) (SYMBOL)

Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip) (SYMBOL)

Trochomorpha apia (SYMBOL)

Double-hulled fishing boat (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Inputs: nutrients 2 (SYMBOL)

Inputs: sediments 2 (SYMBOL)


Palagi house (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Plate coral: crown of thorns damage (SYMBOL)

Urban: church 2 (SYMBOL)

Waterfall 1 (SYMBOL)

Waterfall 2 (SYMBOL)

Outrigger canoe (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Cocos nucifera (Coconut Palm) 1 (SYMBOL)

Cocos nucifera (Coconut Palm) 2 (SYMBOL)

Erosion (SYMBOL)

Coastal road and seawall in Samoa (PHOTO)

Double-hulled fishing boat (Samoa) (PHOTO)

Double-hulled fishing boats (Samoa) (PHOTO)

Enclosed fale with drying pandanus leaves (PHOTO)

Fish market in Apia, Samoa (PHOTO)

Merremia smothering a coconut palm (PHOTO)

Samoan fale (PHOTO)

Samoan fisherman at sunset (PHOTO)

Samoan fishermen at sunset (PHOTO)

Steps cut in coconut palm (PHOTO)

Coastal lava flow (SYMBOL)

Coral larva (SYMBOL)

Fale 3 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale 4 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale: enclosed 1 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale 1 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale 2 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale 5 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale: enclosed 2 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale: enclosed 3 (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Fale: traditional (Samoa) (SYMBOL)

Inputs: toxics (SYMBOL)


Island: volcanic crater (SYMBOL)


  • Start: 2012-04-01
  • Finish: 2012-08-31
  • Duration: 4 months