nginako villagers standing the sea where their village used to be had to relocate their village because of rising seas and erosion.  Photo:Justin McManus, The Age

Kiribati may be the first country to disappear

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati may be the first country to disappear under the rising sea levels of climate change.

Evire Banririe, PUB Water Reticulation Secnior Technician, checks the Water Air Release Valve

Water leak detection works underway

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) through the Kiribati Adaptation Program – Phase III (KAPIII) is now working with Posch and Partners Consulting Engineers (P&P) to do leak detection works, to improve water resource use and management on South Tarawa’s water transmission main. Water loss in the system is stated to be around 67% and the quality has decreased over the past years.

Mid Term Review Team during the wrap up meeting

KAPIII Mid Term Review

A mid term review conducted by the World Bank, Australian Government and Kiribati Government highlighted some of KAPIII’s achievement including one the many positive outcomes which was the Government of Kiribati’s confirmed determination of completing the project on time.

The Island of Abaiang. Much of the archipelago is not more than a few meters above sea level. Photo: Justin McManus, The Age

Small island nations must unite or drown in rising seas

Low-lying island nations, some of which are little more than one metre above sea level, are regarded as some of the most vulnerable to rising seas blamed on man-made climate change.

MPWU presents during the Consultation Workshop to Buota and Bonriki villagers

Governance Roadmap on Water Reserves first workshop, complete

The critical state of the water reserves is likely to get more serious in the future as a result of the impacts of climate change on future rainfall / drought patterns, together with the population growth.

Land owner from Tabonibara, North Tarawa, signs the voluntary land use agreement

Location confirmed for infiltration galleries in North Tarawa

A total of 7 landowners for Tabonibara and 11 for Nooto signed a voluntary land use agreement to declare their land for infiltration galleries which will be a reserve area for water.

Participants of the SPC EU-GCCA: PSIS workshop try out the new tippy tap display. Photo: KAPIII

Hand washing with soap will save lives

Turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention.

Tebunginako villagers stand in the sea where their village used to be. They had to relocate their village because of rising sea levels, erosion and saltwater inundation. Photo: Justin McManus, The Age

Kiribati is faced with sea level rise impacts now

The implications of climate change are already obvious for Kiribati and with limited options, relocation is one of them.

Local IKiribati children face an uncertain future as their islands' capacity to support the population diminishes. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

Pacific countries already feeling the effects of climate change

“If reactions from the recent UN Climate Change summit are anything to go by, the world is progressing to having concrete climate change legislation by the next climate summit in Paris in 2015,” Says Kiribati President, Anote Tong.

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon adressing the Climate Change Summit 2014, 23 September 2014. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Announcements positive for tackling climate change as UN summit comes to an end

Many from all regions and all levels of economic development, advocated for a peak in greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, decisively reduced emissions thereafter, and climate neutrality in the second half of this century.