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Kiribatiâ's government has developed the Kiribati Adaptation Program that seeks to reduce the overall vulnerability and adverse effects of climate change on the small island nation.1 The major areas of focus include the water infrastructures, managing potential inundation, and strengthening laws regarding coastal erosion.2 In Kiribati, many villages have had to relocate due to erosion, saltwater inundation, and rising sea levels.3

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1http://www.climate.gov.ki/category/action/adaptation/kiribati-adaptation-program/
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3http://www.sprep.org/climate-change/kiribati-negotiates-for-survival-at-un-climate-change-talks
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Kiribati News

Radio New Zealand 
NZDF spokesperson Darryn Webb said the crew of the aircraft spotted the men shortly after starting their second day of search west of Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. The Orion dropped a radio and bottles of water to the men and passed on their boat's ... See more..
Focus Taiwan News Channel 
Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Two infants from Kiribati, who were born with cleft lips and palates, have undergone surgery in Taiwan and are now recovering well, one of their Taiwanese doctors said Thursday in Taipei. The two babies, Langley Beniata and ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The men were last seen on a 5m boat early on Saturday morning leaving Betio, the largest township in the Kiribati capital, Tarawa. Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the men were expected home on Saturday afternoon and local ... See more..
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ABC Online 
Anote Tong is the former president of the Republic of Kiribati and his island home, in the central Pacific Ocean, is already suffering from the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels are causing land to be engulfed by tidal waters, driving people ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
The 32 atolls of Kiribati are wisp-like shards of coral, dotted on both sides of the equator, tiny on their own but together covering an area as vast as the United States. They are all about 2-3 metres above sea-level and flat like pancakes; there is ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Green Climate Fund is giving the Kiribati government $US585,927 dollars to help the country better engage with the Fund. The Green Climate Fund, or GCF, is a financial mechanism set up by the United Nations to provide funding so developing nations ... See more..
The Hindu 
For Anote Tong, who served as president of the Republic of Kiribati — a country of 32 atolls in the Pacific ocean between Australia and Hawaii — the answer lies in ensuring that the nation's citizens have the skills to migrate to other countries, a ... See more..
TVNZ 
Video: NZDF Orion takes off on mission to find missing Kiribati fishermen. now. share. Source: NZN. A search and rescue operation for three Kiribati fishermen missing in the Pacific Ocean for more than three days has been launched by the New Zealand ... See more..
BlueNotes (blog) 
Flying into the Pacific island nation of Kiribati plays tricks with your vision. The blue of the sea merges into the blue of the sky, white clouds and white-capped waves play across the wide spectrum of blue. Descending, the sea tinges greener as ... See more..
International Monetary Fund 
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF's ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia
Area

Total 811 sq km
Land 811 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** includes three island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands
Climate

tropical; marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds
Natural Resources

phosphate (production discontinued in 1979) ;
Natural Hazards

typhoons can occur any time, but usually November to March; occasional tornadoes; low level of some of the islands make them sensitive to changes in sea level
Current Environmental Issues

heavy pollution in lagoon of south Tarawa atoll due to heavy migration mixed with traditional practices such as lagoon latrines and open-pit dumping; ground water at risk

Demographics

Nationality
I-Kiribati
Population
103,248 (July 2013 est.)
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A remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls, Kiribati has few natural resources and is one of the least developed Pacific Islands. Commercially viable phosphate deposits were exhausted at the time of independence from the UK in 1979. Copra and fish now represent the bulk of production and exports. The economy has fluctuated widely in recent years. Economic development is constrained by a shortage of skilled workers, weak infrastructure, and remoteness from international markets. Tourism provides more than one-fifth of GDP. Private sector initiatives and a financial sector are in the early stages of development. Foreign financial aid from the ...See More EU, UK, US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UN agencies, and Taiwan accounts for 20-25% of GDP. Remittances from seamen on merchant ships abroad account for more than $5 million each year. Kiribati receives around $15 million annually for the government budget from an Australian trust fund. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$636.3 million (2012 est.); $620.8 million (2011 est.); $608.6 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

copra, taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, vegetables; fish
Industries

fishing, handicrafts