For people living in the Pacific, climate change is real and its impact is more advanced than most people realise. Atolls have already disappeared and climate refugees have had to flee the Carteret Atolls in Papua New Guinea and some islands in Kiribati and Vanuatu. Fish stocks are declining as warmer sea currents destroy coral (a food source for some fish species) and change fish spawning patterns. Loss of fishing affects food supply, local culture and the economic viability of the small island nations.
CWS works in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga and has supported indigeneous groups in Kanaky and Taihiti.
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