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What is the future of Pangai?

Climate change in the Pacific threatens not only livelihoods; it puts strain on traditional ways of doing things – agriculture, knowledge of land and seasons, and traditional culture. In Tonga, communities have traditional handicrafts made…

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The richness of people and place

Papaelise, in Tuvalu, is a tiny island perched between the Pacific Ocean and Funafuti Lagoon. It is the second islet, or motu, south of Funafuti’s main islet of Fogafale, where Tuvalu’s main settlement is. Sitting…

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Papaelise: A place of resilience

During the height of COVID-19, Papaelise was a safe refuge for people away from Tuvalu’s mainland. Most of the few dozen residents living there now moved during the pandemic as part of a relocation program…

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The women weaving climate resilience

Every week, women in villages like Valeni and Naiqaqi come together to weave their traditional mats. An important part of their traditional knowledge and culture, these are used for homes and for special occasions, making…

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Climate resilience through community connections

Climate resilience is not only about science and the environment or infrastructure and energy. A key part of it is people: collaboration and cooperation are essential to implementing the pathways towards resilience. This means that…

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How coming together can create change in Dreketi

Coral reefs once ran along the shoreline of Dreketi, the village elders say. These reefs acted as a natural barrier from storm surges and strong waves, keeping the ocean at bay and protecting the village,…

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Improving incomes for fishing families

The Tonle Sap Lake is of great cultural and environmental importance to the Cambodian people. It is home to over 200 species of fish and is essential for providing 60% of the population’s protein intake.…

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Maintaining the Naiqaqi they know: Indigenous knowledge in climate resilience

Download this story here. Not far from the village of Naiqaqi there is an island the villagers use for foraging. When the tide is low, it can be reached by foot. Lairo, a type of…

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Finding where we are on the map

Without understanding our place in a system, we don’t know how to adapt most effectively when part of that system changes. As climate change continues to impact the Pacific, the local structures and ecosystems of…