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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

Marines.mil (press release) 
This evolution of Koa Moana is the first time many Kiribati residents have met Americans, and in some ways, breaks the ice for a new friendship, according to Gunnery Sgt. Michael Weaver, staff non-commissioned officer-in-charge of Task Force Koa Moana ... See more..
Undercurrent News 
The EU has approved Kiribati as an EU competent authority, Pacifical said in a release. Pacifical is now able to offer skipjack and yellowfin tuna to European partners from Kiribati-flagged fishing vessels and Kiribati processing facilities. "This is ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Anton Bakov made the comment in an interview with the Tatarstan-based Business Online website three months after the Kiribati Foreign Investment Commission turned down his bid. Mr Bakov sought to lease three uninhabited islands in the Line group of ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
A Taiwanese purse seiner has been fined $US4 million dollars for illegal fishing in Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Radio Kiribati reports the Kiribati Fisheries Administrative Penalty Committee imposed the fine. The vessel is owned by a ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
MAJURO — A Marshall Islands-based fishing company has indicated its surprise that one of its vessels was recently arrested in Kiribati. A Koo's Fishing Company vessel, Koo's 108, was arrested late last month in Kiribati for a fishing violation that ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Pacific Community, the SPC, is issuing schools in Kiribati with a booklet to raise children's awareness on environmental conservation and the need to choose sustainable and healthy foods. The SPC has been working to mark 2017 World Environment ... See more..
The Dominion Post 
Tuvalu and Kiribati are in a particularly precarious position: their low-lying islands are likely to face severe flooding as sea levels rise. The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, said of Trump's decision: "We are very, very distressed and I ... See more..
NZ Catholic 
All funds raised during the Caritas Challenge in 2017 will go towards supporting the people of Kiribati, where Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is delivering programmes focused on health, climate awareness and youth leadership, training for women, ... See more..
Papua New Guinea Today 
Pacific countries continue to raise their voices on their struggles to obtain suitable and equitable return from their tuna resources. For a small island nations like Kiribati with a population of just over 110,000 revenue from tuna provides 80 percent ... See more..
Fiji Times 
Vodafone Fiji, which leads the operations for its parent company, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH), ventured into Kiribati in December 2015 and so far Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Kiribati Ltd (ATHKL) has upgraded services in Kiribati to 3G and ... 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