World Environment Day - Seychelles: Finding Solutions to Water Scarcity

Small Islanders Become Climate Refugees as Sea Levels Rise

Early in 2014, the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa was reported to be the first to be
relocated under the small island nation's "climate change refugee" programme,
according to the Fiji Times. The rising sea level has resulted in seawater flowing into the
village during high tide, damaging houses and ruining crops.

In similar dire circumstances, about 2000 people relocated from their ancestral homes
in 2007 when the Carterets Islands of Papua New Guinea became virtually
uninhabitable as saltwater affected crops and fresh water wells. Watch video:

IBack in 2005, a small community living in the Pacific island chain of Vanuatu became
one of, if not the first, to be formally moved out of harm’s way as a result of climate
change. The villagers were relocated higher into the interior of Tegua, one of the
chains’ northern most provinces, after their coastal homes were repeatedly swamped by
storm surges and aggressive waves linked with climate change. Read more here.