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Issue No:84
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  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


Kiribati / Climate Change

A Large Ocean State Seeks Change

Vulnerability to climate change has forced the Pacific republic to build resilience through community approaches to fisheries management

This article is by Aurélie Delisle (, PhD, Research Fellow and Pathways Country Leader, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Australia

The Republic of Kiribati faces many development challenges due to its remoteness and limited resources—financial, infrastructural, institutional and environmental. With population pressure increasing, land is not only scarce but at a perilously low elevation. Kiribati is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Hence it is often being portrayed in the media as a victim of climate change, with low-lying islands being submerged by the rising sea level. While there is nothing they can do to prevent climate change, leaders and residents of the Pacific nation are forging ahead with a number of initiatives to adapt to the potential impacts of climate change and improve the resilience of their communities.

Kiribati comprises 33 islands dispersed over a large area in the Central Pacific Ocean. While its land mass is about 810 sq km, its exclusive economic zone (EEZ),...

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