Pacific Islands: Duel Between Freshwater and Sea Water

French Polynesia. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


It is said that the first refugees of climate change will come from the Pacific. In the midst of this ocean’s tropical regions are scattered 50,000 small islands, 8,000 of them inhabited. They are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. These effects include rising sea-water levels, drought and diminishing stocks of freshwater. Such water is essential for the life of the fauna and flora and for the human populations’ food supplies. On the coral reef islands, freshwater occurs as underground reservoirs, as lenses in balance with the underlying sea water…

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Îlots du Pacifique : duel entre l’eau douce et la mer, Institut de Recherche Pour Le Développement