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Since Tuvalu is comprised of nine low-lying atolls, the country is very vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Some of these effects are the acidification of ocean water, ground water contamination, and rising sea and temperature levels.1 In 2015, the island was devastated by Cyclone Pam which caused massive flooding and destroyed many homes. The Australian government sent financial assistance and advised Tuvalu on preparation measures for future natural disasters.2

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1 https://www.thoughtco.com/geography-and-history-of-tuvalu-1435673
2 http://dfat.gov.au/geo/tuvalu/development-assistance/Pages/objective-3-environment-and-climate-change.aspx
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Tuvalu News

Radio New Zealand 
Tuvalu's prime minister is understood to be using a surprise postponement of parliament to try and hold on to his job. The country's acting Governor General announced on Wednesday that the session, due to be held this week, will be held at a later date. See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The country's acting Governor General Reverend Tofiga Falani made a proclamation yesterday saying the session would be held at a later date. The government was expected to explain the reasons for the postponement before the end of the week. Reverend ... See more..
International Monetary Fund 
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Jongsoon Shin, visited Tuvalu from July 25–August 1, 2017 to conduct the 2017 Staff Visit. The team exchanged views with senior officials of the Tuvalu government, representatives from public ... See more..
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Fiji Times 
Merenaisi Maopa Vonovonobulai (left) , with (sitting) Tuvalu High Commissioner Temate Melitiana,Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate, Roving Ambassador Litia Mawi and Deputy Secretary of Employment, Productivity ... See more..
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation 
The first batch of retired nurses will leave for Tuvalu this weekend under the Fiji Volunteer Scheme. Twelve nurses will serve in Tuvalu for two years. Jone Usamate says there is a huge demand for medical practitioners in other Pacific Island countries ... See more..
Daily Mail 
And apparently, such places do exist. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's 2017 report, only 1,000 people ventured to the South Pacific paradise of Tuvalu last year, making it the least-visited country in the world. Here ... See more..
The Jet Newspaper 
H.E Sir Iakopa Taeia Italeli, the Governor General of Tuvalu (far right); H.E Mr Mark Su, Ambassador of Taiwan (next to him) and Dr Rosiana Lagi, Tuvalu Campus Director (2nd from left) with a guest during a tour of the booths. Photo: USP. The ... See more..
Fiji Sun Online 
Ms Lagi acknowledged the students, parents and stakeholders for attending the two-day programme and for choosing USP Tuvalu Campus to address their educational needs. She advised students that education at the USP Tuvalu Campus can help them ... See more..
TheInertia.com 
The Polynesian island of Tuvalu is one of them. There, freshwater supply from reservoirs are already gradually being replaced by seawater. In parallel, it is also being contaminated by sewage. Agricultural production, Tuvalu's economic lifeline, will ... See more..
Fiji Times 
"We are the first Tuvaluan students to attend this school and we are the pioneers and it has been successful being here. For me it's like I'm opening a door for other Tuvaluan youth to enter this school and when I was in Tuvalu, I was schooling and I ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, island group consisting of nine coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia
Area

Total 26 sq km
Land 26 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; moderated by easterly trade winds (March to November); westerly gales and heavy rain (November to March)
Natural Resources

fish ;
Natural Hazards

severe tropical storms are usually rare, but in 1997 there were three cyclones; low levels of islands make them sensitive to changes in sea level
Current Environmental Issues

since there are no streams or rivers and groundwater is not potable, most water needs must be met by catchment systems with storage facilities (the Japanese Government has built one desalination plant and plans to build one other); beachhead erosion because of the use of sand for building materials; excessive clearance of forest undergrowth for use as fuel; damage to coral reefs from the spread of the Crown of Thorns starfish; Tuvalu is concerned about global increases in greenhouse gas emissions and their effect on rising sea levels, which threaten the country's underground water table; in 2000, the government appealed ...See More to Australia and New Zealand to take in Tuvaluans if rising sea levels should make evacuation necessary Show Less

Demographics

Nationality
Tuvaluan
Population
10,698 (July 2013 est.)
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Tuvalu consists of a densely populated, scattered group of nine coral atolls with poor soil. Only eight of the atolls are inhabited. The country has no known mineral resources and few exports and is almost entirely dependent upon imported food and fuel. Subsistence farming and fishing are the primary economic activities. Fewer than 1,000 tourists, on average, visit Tuvalu annually. Job opportunities are scarce and public sector workers make up most of those employed. About 15% of the adult male population work as seamen on merchant ships abroad, and remittances are a vital source of income contributing around $2 million ...See More in 2007. Substantial income is received annually from the Tuvalu Trust Fund (TTF) an international trust fund established in 1987 by Australia, NZ, and the UK and supported also by Japan and South Korea. Thanks to wise investments and conservative withdrawals, this fund grew from an initial $17 million to an estimated value of $77 million in 2006. The TTF contributed nearly $9 million towards the government budget in 2006 and is an important cushion for meeting shortfalls in the government's budget. The US Government is also a major revenue source for Tuvalu because of payments from a 1988 treaty on fisheries. In an effort to ensure financial stability and sustainability, the government is pursuing public sector reforms, including privatization of some government functions and personnel cuts. Tuvalu also derives royalties from the lease of its ".tv" Internet domain name with revenue of more than $2 million in 2006. A minor source of government revenue comes from the sale of stamps and coins. With merchandise exports only a fraction of merchandise imports, continued reliance must be placed on fishing and telecommunications license fees, remittances from overseas workers, official transfers, and income from overseas investments. Growing income disparities and the vulnerability of the country to climatic change are among leading concerns for the nation. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$37.61 million (2012 est.); $37.25 million (2011 est.); $36.98 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts; fish
Industries

fishing, tourism, copra