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Clean Water
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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Kiribati News

Radio New Zealand 
Killer ants which were threatening fragile ecosystems on Kiribati and Tokelau have been brought under control according to a group working to control invasive ants in the Pacific. Wellington-based Pacific Biosecurity has been working to control yellow ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A new study shows that Kiribati has the highest rate of male smokers, with nearly 50 percent of men using tobacco daily. Smoking Photo: The study found that the Danish territory of Greenland has the highest incidence of female smokers at 44 ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Last month, the Kiribati government turned down Anton Bakov's plan to lease three uninhabited islands in the Line group as part of efforts to revive the Romanov Empire. However, at the start of this month, Mr Bakov wrote on Facebook that he met Mr ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
The president of Kiribati,Taneti Maamau, said Sir John would be able to continue making a valuable contribution to policy, judicial and legal developments in the next two years. Sir John, who also received an offer from the Nauru government, said he ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The general cargo ship Xiang Zhou sank at the Yangtze River estuary off Nantong after a collision. The Maritime Herald website says the nearby ships saw the accident and succeeded to rescue two seamen. The accident was reported to local authorities and ... See more..
Saipan Tribune 
The Kiribati National Audit Office in partnership with the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) delivered a workshop to enhance good governance, transparency, and accountability in the island state. The workshop also covered an ... See more.. 
Kiribati National Olympic Committee (KNOC) have celebrated International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by launching a digital campaign. The KNOC opted to follow the lead of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and ... See more..
The Guam Daily Post (press release) (registration) 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Peregrine Tonking recounts some of the steps he took as head of the Public Utilities Board for the government of Kiribati to turn the utilities from insolvent to profitable. Tonking was the keynote speaker at the American Water Works ... See more..
The Jet Newspaper 
The Fiji Police Force is requesting information to help locate two Kiribati nationals who failed to return to their fishing vessel this week. The two are 31 year old Mariuti Uan and 28 year old Tiaontin Otea. Police Spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said on ... See more..
“I know that there is this new policy, that it's this 'America First,'” says Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. “But [that] doesn't mean that you destroy our home by putting America first.” Scientists warn that ... See more..
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Oceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia

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

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

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


103,248 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


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

fishing, handicrafts