Kiribati is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change and sea level rise.
Most of the land in urban Tarawa is less than 3 meters above sea level; the island has an average width of only 450 meters, rendering retreat adaptation options untenable. This situation is typical of most islands in the country. The islands are exposed to periodic storm surges and droughts, particularly during La Niña years, although they lie outside the cyclone path. Already, Kiribati is becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate events due to its high population concentration, accelerated coastal development, shoreline erosion, and rising environmental degradation.
By 2050, if no adaptation measures are undertaken, Kiribati could face economic damages due to climate change and sea level rise of US$8-$16 million a year, equivalent to 17-34 percent of its 1998 GDP. To address these rising risks, the Government of Kiribati is undertaking the Kiribati Adaptation Program, supported by the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility, AusAID and NZAID. This is just one component of the Kiribati Government's adaptation efforts.
“In the early years we voiced our anger and blamed the world for the dangers to our islands and threats to our lives. But over the years we realized we cannot achieve much if we do not take charge of our situation but leave it to others. Thus we collaborated together and implored on the justice and morality of mankind to work together to save our planet earth for it is our moral responsibility to do so for our children and our grandchildren.” Ambassador Iuta said.
Now known across Kiribati and internationally as the ‘Tamana Pump’, Hon. Waysang Kumkee said that a munaul pump, or gravity feed system, is the best long term solution. The design has helped thousands of communities in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati.
Kiribati will be celebrating World Water Day on Monday 24 March 2014. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Climate Change’.
Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on a State visit to Kiribati on Sunday 9 February was accorded a full guard of honor and was given a traditional welcome ceremony.
Mr Riibeta Abeta becomes the first I-Kiribati single author on climate change.
Following major solar PV material supply contract, Laos-based Sunlabob has also been hired to provide technical training and capacity building for local engineers in Kiribati. Shifting Kiribati’s focus to reliable solar energy will provide a more secure and sustainable power source for the country’s people, President Anote Tong said.
The Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project will provide more than 40 per cent of the population with better access to health clinics, schools and markets as well as assist the Government and the people of Kiribati in many other ways.
Water from a number of rainwater catchment systems is being tested by environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army on South Tarawa.
The 34th Independence Anniversary will feature an exciting and action-packed week of events and celebrations in support of this year’s theme, ‘maintain cultural identity in development’.
Kiribati has decided on a Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation framework as a response to adapt to the slow onset of climate change and sea level rise, says Vice President.