Climate change places a substantial burden on the people and economy of Kiribati. Losses could be catastrophic for a country with a GDP of only $US580.8 million (2008 est.).

Communities would likely adapt to sea level rise by elevating their houses or moving further inland, particularly if the changes were gradual. Nevertheless, sea level rise could profoundly affect the economy of Kiribati by inundating the causeways that now link the islets of Tarawa, thus disrupting socio-economic links. Much of the impact of climate change will ultimately depend on the extent to which proactive adaptation measures are adopted.

An effort is underway to determine the level of risk from inundation and saltwater intrusion, and the results of this will give a better idea of the level of costs that will arise from the adverse effects of climate change. But, a very rough estimate recently made on the cost for the total protection of all inhabited islands in Kiribati came to around $US2 billion based on present day values. This is for protection only.

His Excellency Anote Tong takes the stage in front before the other panelists, and the nation.

Wet weather fails to dampen public hearing spirits

Morning rain did not dampen the mood at Kiribati’s first-ever National High-Level Public Hearing on Climate Change at the nation’s capital on Friday.

Sunset in Tarawa.

Government and SPC talk joint strategies

A small team from the Government of Kiribati and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have been working hard to develop a new joint country strategy (JCS) between SPC and the Government of Kiribati.

The signing of the Kiribati Road Rehabilitation Project contract between Ministry of Public Works and Utilities secretary Eita Metai and McConnell Dowell construction manager Rory Bishop. Photo: KAPIII

No potholes in road contract signing

South Tarawa’s long-awaited new road is one step closer after the Government of Kiribati and New Zealand-based construction company McConnell Dowell signed the official contract recently.

World Water Day 2013 will be celebrated in Kiribati on  Monday 25 March at Bairiki Square

Celebrate World Water Day with a splash

Live performances, quizzes, children’s games and handy how-to demonstrations are all part of this year’s World Water Day 2013 celebrations.

Part of the main road on South Tarawa.

Australia to give $15 million for road

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr visits Kiribati, announces $15 million in funding from Australia for road project.

Island Report image Nikunau

A climate change reality

Watch extracts from a documentary film about how climate change is affecting Kiribati.

This sea wall is all that protects these homes in the village of Abarao on the island of Tarawa. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken


Is time running out? Reports indicate Kiribati’s capital, Tarawa, could be uninhabitable by mid-century if adaptation measures fail.

Totibure Muller and her son work on their sea wall that protects their home in the village of Temwaiku on the island of Tarawa. Photo: Justin McManus, The Age

Case Studies

The effects of climate change can already be seen throughout most islands of Kiribati. Read our case studies for more information.

The I-Kiribati people live with the sea regularly threatening their homes, particularly during king tides and storms both occuring with increased frequency.  Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

A call to the world

Watch a very eloquent and powerful presentation of what Kiribati is facing, as its culture, lifestyle, and very sovereignty is under threat by climate change.