Kiribati acquires land in Fiji for relocation

Kiribati has purchased 2000 ha of land in Fiji

Fiji's president has invited residents of Kiribati to move to his country if rising seas caused by climate change swamp their Pacific homeland. Kiribati has a population of about 100000.

Kiribati is among a number of island states—including Tuvalu, Tokelau and the Maldives—that could become "stateless" due to climate change.

With erosion gnawing at the coast and crops dying as sea water infiltrates fresh water sources, the government has already purchased 2,000 hectares of farmland in Fiji to ensure its food supplies are maintained.

However, absorbing about 100,000 people from Kiribati would be a major challenge for Fiji, which has about 900,000 people, one-third of whom live below the poverty line.

The best scenario for Kiribati involves building sea walls and planting mangroves to repel rising seas, allowing life to continue much as it has for centuries.

In recent years, the prospect of moving his people to man-made islands, similar to oil rigs, has been explored although it would be an expensive exercise.

Inhabitants of Kiritimati coral atoll building a stone seawall to protect themselves from rising seas