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Talk: Doug Ramsay on climate change in Kiribati

19 November 2015

Talk: Doug Ramsay on climate change in Kiribati
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 5:30pm

Bitaki i Kiribati (Change in Kiribati)

The threats from global climate change and sea-level rise to small islands developing states such as Kiribati have been well publicised in recent years. Kiribati – a cluster of 32 atolls and one raised coral island – is one of the most vulnerable island nations. 

Much of the main atoll, Tarawa, is barely half a kilometre wide, and lies just three metres above sea level. South Tarawa's high population density, socio-economic conditions, along with the limited land area and low-lying land levels, leave it particularly susceptible to the impacts of coastal hazards such as flooding, and the exacerbating effects of climate change.

This talk will cover some of the changes that have occurred on Kiribati, what may happen over the next one to two generations and the implications for livelihoods and development on Kiribati.

About Doug Ramsay

Doug Ramsay is Manager of Pacific activities at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). He has a background in coastal hazards and climate change, coastal processes, engineering and the impacts of human activities on the coastal zone.

Originally from Scotland he has been living and working in the Pacific region since the late 1990s. He has been involved with climate change and development issues in Kiribati over the last 10 years and it was through this work that he met Chris Charteris and became involved with Tungaru: The Kiribati Project.