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Kiribati finalise Maritime Boundries with the US


This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America.

The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 13 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.

The latest session is currently underway at the University and ends on 6 December.

via Kiribati finalise Maritime Boundries with the US | Scoop News.

Millions in funds to help Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands


The protected area covers atolls, reefs and ocean roughly the size of the US state of California within the nation of Kiribati, and when it was created it was described as its gift to the world’s future generations.

via Millions in funds to help Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Kiribati drafting laws to improve maritime safety


The Kiribati Marine Division is hoping a new law currently being drafted will prevent more boats from going missing at sea.

The Marine Division has recorded eleven missing vessels so far this year and all but one has been found.

via Kiribati drafting laws to improve maritime safety.

Lagoon Survey Reveals Kiribati’s Wartime Past


Funded by the New Zealand Regional Ocean Science Grant, the survey was undertaken as part of the government’s work to reduce the atoll’s damaging reliance on beach mining by identifying potential sources of construction aggregate on the floor of the Tarawa Lagoon. The widespread practice of beach mining has been weakening the atoll’s vulnerable shoreline at a time when the government is trying to protect communities from the worsening impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

via Lagoon Survey Reveals Kiribati’s Wartime Past – Solomon Times Online.