Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

Collecting crown of thorns
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Pele Island, Vanuatu. Residents of Pele diving for Crown of Thorns underwater. August 2010.
Crown of Thorns, Pele Island, Vanuatu
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Crown of Thorns starfish collected by Pele Island residents to be used as fertiliser. August 2010
\'Eua National Forest Park, Tonga (2)
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The 'Eua National Forest Park is 449 ha of forest hosting unique species not found on the other Tongan islands. Feb. 2010
Eua National Forest Park (3)
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Cliff vegetation in the 'Eua national park February 2010
\'Eua National Forest Park, Tonga (4)
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Cliff vegetation on 'Eua showing flattened wind swept canopy February 2010
\'Eua National Forest Park, Tonga (5)
'Eua National F...
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Native forest on 'Eua is of high ecological and cultural importance. February 2010
\'Eua National Park
'Eua National P...
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Site for reforestation at the 'Eua national park. This once forested area was cleared for squash cultivation and is now degraded. February 2010
\'Eua forest clearance
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Indigenous forests illegaly cleared for agriculture. Trees are burnt at the base and left to rot. This is a land use planning pilot site for the SPC/GTZ Project. Feb. 2010
\'Eua soil erosion, Tonga
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Soil erosion on 'Eua due to clearance of vegetation, exacerbated by wind exposure Feb. 2010
\'Eua forest clearance
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The Deputy Director of MAFFF - Forestry Divison, Mr Tevita Faka'osi examines the forest area that has been illegally cleared for taro plantation.
Eua Sunset 1
Eua Sunset 1
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Fishermen head home as the sun sets. View from 'Eua Hideaway with Tongatapu on the horizon at the right. May 2010
 
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