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IFAD Publishes Article on Adaptation in Kiribati

14 April 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a story in their Rural Poverty Portal titled "Rising waters are threatening to destroy the homes and culture of Pacific islanders." The article outlines the impacts of sea level rise on Kiribati.

In the article, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, underscores the challenge of adapting to climate change, noting that erecting sea walls around the 33 islands of the country would be impractical. The article notes that sea water has begun to seep into the freshwater table on the islands. In terms of adaptation, Tong highlights that New Zealand has offered to take 75 Kiribatians annually and that Australia has begun offering jobs to skilled Kiribatians. [Rural Poverty Portal] [The Article]