Tuvalu: Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project

For everybody who heard about Tuvalu is more likely because the country is rapidly disappearing with the sea rising as a result of global warming. Sea level in Tuvalu is nearly 15 cm or 6 inches) higher than it was 30 years ago. While this doesn’t sound much, the entire country is under 1-2 meters above sea level. The average rate of increase is expected to more than double by 2100, and is already 1.5 times faster than the global average. A land reclamation project (Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project) was launched in Tuvalu in December 2022, dredging the sand from the lagoon to build a platform along Fongafale that is 780 m (2,560 ft) long and 100 m (330 ft) wide with a total area of approximately 7.8 ha (19.27 acres). It doesn’t look pretty and it destroyed the otherwise nice beach which was here last time I visited, but it definitely expanded the town area and built at least some protection from the rising waters.