Tokelau Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (TISSAP) 2020 - 2027 = Peleni Taki A Tokelau Mo Te Pulepulega O Na Meaola Fakalafua (Tissap) 2020–2027 Ma Te Peleni Galuega
Island and Ocean Ecosystems, BRB
We are a central Pacific nation comprising three atolls lying to the north of Samoa and south of the Phoenix Islands of Kiribati, and centred on latitude 9o S. The areas of the atolls are roughly similar – Atafu c.350 ha, Nukunonu c.500 ha and Fakaofo c.400 ha – and each gaining only a few meters elevation. All three islands are classic atolls being at the summit of ancient, raised seamounts projecting upward about 5000 m from the seabed, and with large open lagoons which have shallow passages to the sea in many places. The climate is moderated by the ocean currents and easterly trade winds that blow steadily throughout the year and the wet season occurs in November-April. Cyclones and storm surges sometimes inundate much of the land as occurred at Fakaofo in the early 2000s.