Leaving the water authorities of the Republic of Kiribati, the Pacific plan to resettle people in the country to one of the islands of Fiji, said on Thursday, March 8, BBC News.
Kiribati President Anote Tong said that is currently in talks with the authorities in Fiji to purchase one of the islands of the archipelago. Tong said that the case of the acquisition of the second largest island of Vanua Levu, Fiji, an area of five thousand square kilometers.
The current population of Kiribati is more than a hundred thousand people. The country is composed of 33 coral atolls, is gradually disappearing under the water. None of the atoll does not rise above the sea level in more than a few meters.
Anote Tong has repeatedly stated that one of the reasons Kiribati dive under water is climate change. He stressed in particular that the authorities of the countries on its record-setting levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere should take care of residents of the state who are affected by climate change. Tong previously proposed to create an artificial island for the residents of the country.
The Fiji Islands are located in more than two thousand miles from Kiribati. Sinking state authorities are hoping that when the time comes, the population will be able to settle in other countries in the Pacific region, such as Australia and New Zealand.
When will the relocation, Tong did not elaborate. In 2009, experts predicted that the end of the XXI century, the sea level will rise by 1.1 meters, and in this case, Kiribati, and some other countries of Oceania submerged within the next 50 years.
Kiribati is a former British colony. At the heart of the economy — trade in coconuts and fishing. Many residents commute to work in neighboring states. Prior to 1979, one of the islands of Kiribati were Banaba phosphate development, but this has led to significant environmental issues and the majority of people evacuated from the island.