Kiribati May Buy Land in Fiji

Country would grow crops, resettle people

Mar 8, 2012
Outside Magazine

The south Pacific nation of Kiribati is in negotiations to buy land in Fiji to relocate its people in the face of rising sea levels. Kiribati President Anote Tong said that he was in talks with the Fijian government to buy as many as 4,940 acres on Vanua Levu island. The land would be used to grow crops and potentially house islanders fleeing rising sea levels. In an interview with Fijian state TV, Tong said that Kiribati would likely begin by sending a small number of skilled workers to establish infrastructure and merge into Fijian society. "We don't want 100,000 people from Kiribati coming to Fiji in one go," he said. Last year, Tong's government suggested that the country might resettle it's people onto oil-rig-like artificial islands.

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