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Solomon Islands deals with climate refugees

By Evan Wasuka, One Television, Solomon Islands

20 June, 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The Solomon Islands government is assessing the relocation of communities living in low lying islands as part of its national plan to deal with rising sea levels.

The Solomon Islands Minister of Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, John Moffat Fugui, says the communities on Lord Howe and Sikaiana Island have been identified for relocation.

In recent years the communities on the two islands have suffered from food shortages due to seawater inundation and severe storm surges.

Mr Fugui says funding would be made available in July, to allow his ministry to study its relocation options for the islanders.

John Moffat Fugui on Relocation.

The Minister of Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, says international events like the Rio+20 Conference allows Solomon Islands and other Pacific Island countries to make contacts and access funding to deal with climate change.

John Moffat Fugui on Rio+20.

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