Fear of tsunamis and the threat of rising sea levels has made a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands decide to relocate its entire population – the first time this has happened on this scale in the Pacific. Asia-Pacific Journalism reports on the challenges of relocating.
Report – By Elesha Edmonds
Residents of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have to always keep their eyes on the tide as they live in fear of being flooded by the ocean.
Choiseul, a township on Taro Island, which is the provincial capital of Choiseul Province, is home to about 1000 people and sits less than two metres above sea level, making the island vulnerable to storm surges and tsunamis.
It has reached the point that authorities have decided relocation is the only long-term solution to combat the existing and future risks of climate change. Read more »