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.
- We small pacific islands don’t have the resources to take the risks of investing in big fishing vessels. But as our fish is often the only source of revenue that we have it is important for our long-term benefit to manage our resources sustainably and at the same time ensure that we are reaping a fair return for our tuna resources from fishing.