In order to accommodate all these new migrants, many houses had to be built on the expense of fields and trees. Because of this uncontrolled urbanisation, Funafuti has lost all its pulaka pits and consequently its capacity to be self-sufficient.
When I flew over Funafuti, the capital island of Tuvalu, for the first time, I was surprised to see that through the leaves of the coconut trees there were rooftops occupying all the space of the island. Once on the ground, the impression is quite similar: many houses, buildings piggeries and – of course – people.
Do you wonder what Tuvaluan children think about climate change? We did a workshop with 32 twelve and thirteen year olds and was amazed by their knowledge.
- Not everybody can get a tank. The project only provides the gutters, the gutter work and a tank. The users have to have a good roof and a platform where the tank can stand. If they cannot provide this, they will not get any water tank.
If drought preparedness was simply about collecting more water – building reservoirs or desalination plants without considering the implications of wastewater – it would be too expensive. A much cheaper and sustainable solution is to manage water better, says Catherine Moulogo at the water department.
We highly recommend that people use well water for secondary use only, like washing, flushing the toilet and so on. No one should drink the ground water anymore, says Dr. Nese Ituaso-Conway at the hospital and responsible of testing the water quality on Funafuti.
The 22nd of March was the World Water Day. Water is one of the main problems on Tuvalu today, especially in the face of climate change. The day was celebrated with a big expo, arranged by all stakeholders working on water management on Tuvalu.
How is the increase in sea level felt in Tuvalu? Are there initiatives to reduce this problem?
Which are the consequences of this problem to the population?
Can the mangroves planted on Tuvalu, as encouraged by the Government, be the best response to a disaster such as a tsunami or a hurricane?