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The green islands of Micronesia

TO fight climate change, measures can be implemented locally, and these include reducing human factors such as polluting the environment.

According to Palau Consul to Saipan Eileen Kintol, “It takes individual members of the community to address climate change. For example, recently, the Republic of Palau has passed a law banning the use of plastic bags. This is one of the many steps to decrease environmental pollution.”

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University of Seville researcher Luis Pérez Urrestarazu said to mitigate the effects of climate change, communities can talk about their options which include reducing emissions.

For example, we can increase green areas. Having a garden on top of a building can also provide better insulation while saving energy.

Moreover, an improvement in environmental conditions can help reduce pollution and cushion higher temperatures.

In the Federated States of Micronesia, green projects have continued to evolve.

Meanwhile, islanders talk about how their beaches are disappearing, and how shoreline palm trees have started toppling into the ocean while coastal roads erode.

Saltwater intrusion is also an ever-increasing problem for many low-lying atolls, causing extensive damage to taro patches and breadfruit trees on which island communities rely for their sustenance.

Thus the Asian Development Bank is providing support for a climate mapping project that will identify infrastructure and human settlements requiring protection and/or relocation due to projected sea level rise and the increased frequency/intensity of adverse weather events.

A second project supported by Global Environment Facility is underway in Kosrae to “climate proof” infrastructure that will be adversely affected by climate related environmental changes.

In addition, the FSM is party to the Green Micronesia Initiative spearheaded by the chief executives of the Micronesian governments. The initiative aims to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent, increase energy conservation by 20 percent, and expand renewable energy to achieve 30 percent power generation from renewable technologies. The target date for achieving all these measures is 2020.