The Tuvalu R2R project is tasked with improving data and information systems on biodiversity, forests land management, adaptation and best practice. The team will support and coordinate ongoing efforts to develop an electronic library where past and ongoing data, knowledge, and information, including reports are collected and hosted by the Government, including the Tuvalu National Library.
Lamese Saamu is the Environment Data Specialist with the project team and is working with the Government Archivist and his team to set up the e-library.
He said, “The overall contribution of the R2R Project to this initiative is a great achievement, as reports related to environment issues could be all stored in this centralized system which everyone could access at anytime from anywhere and this is one of the project outcomes that is to improve access to environment information.”
For those responsible for safeguarding Tuvalu’s historical records and information, the country’s vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters is one of the key motivating factors to set-up an online database.
“We can’t fight time. This is the only solution we have especially for us low lying islands like Tuvalu. So the only thing is to convert them to electronic copies. That’s what we do, we convert things to electronic copies and we maintain the original hard copies” said Noa Petueli.