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New approach to aid in Abaiang, Kiribati

New approach to aid in Abaiang, Kiribati

Updated 24 June 2014, 9:48 AEST

Aid projects sometimes take a piecemeal approach to tackling problems in communities but SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, is working on a "whole of island" project in Abaiang in Kiribati.

The atoll is just north of north of the Equator, and the outer island closest to the capital of Tarawa is home to more than 5,000 -- the fourth largest population of any atoll in the nation.

It has all the problems of a coral island with a large population, a water supply under threat of salt invasion and poor soil for agriculture.

Azarel Mariner, the Climate Change Technical Officer at SPREP, explains why the Abaiang project is important.

Presenter: Brian Abbott

Speaker: Azarel Mariner, Climate Change Technical Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

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