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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/
2 Ibid
3http://www.sprep.org/climate-change/kiribati-negotiates-for-survival-at-un-climate-change-talks
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Kiribati News

Radio New Zealand 
His project to lease three uninhabited Kiribati atolls to launch a so-called alternative Russia was turned down by the Kiribati government last month. However, Mr Bakov said he had resubmitted his investment proposal which includes an upfront payment ... See more..
World Bank Group 
Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati. This is just one of the activities being rolled out through the Kiribati Adaptation Program to help local communities better prepare ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A Pacific academic says Kiribati has sent a strong message by rejecting a Russian businessman's investment proposal, which included a demand for sovereign rights to three of its uninhabited islands. Anton Bakov, who is the founder of Russia's ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
However, in a statement, the Kiribati Government says it has rejected Mr Bakov's demand for sovereign rights over the three Southern Line islands as a prerequisite to investing. It says its Cabinet made the decision after the Kiribati Foreign ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The European Union is to fund a climate adaptation project and a sustainable energy project in Kiribati. The work, for which $US686,000 had been provided, would be implemented by Germany's International Co-operation agency. The climate change project ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Mr Bakov, who's the leader of Russia's Monarchist Party and a former MP, had offered US$120 million to the Kiribati if it approved his plan. In a statement, Mr Bakov said he is still in negotations with the Kiribati government and the matter is due to ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The President of Kiribati has outlined his vision to make his country the Singapore or Dubai of the Pacific. Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati, speaks at the meeting with Pacific Island Forum Leaders. President of Kiribati Taneti Maamau. Photo: UN ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A landing craft to service Kiribati's Line and Phoenix Islands has been launched in Taiwan. The launching of the vessel, to be called LC Linnix, after the two island groups, was observed by the Minister of Phoenix and Line Islands Development, Mikarite ... See more..
Air Cargo News 
Air Kiribati and Solomon Airlines have signed an agreement paving the way for a new service linking Tarawa in Kiribati with Honiara (the capital of the Solomon Islands), Brisbane and Nadi in Fiji. Kiribati's national carrier only recently relaunched as ... See more..
Solomon Star 
Tarawa, Kiribati - Air Kiribati and Solomon Airlines have signed an agreement establishing a new aviation service linking Tarawa with Honiara, Brisbane and Nadi (Fiji). The agreement holds even more significance for the Kiribati national carrier which ... 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